Council eases sanctions against Syria to support opposition and civilians
EU News 196/2013
22 April 2013
Council of the European Union
The Council today eased certain EU sanctions against Syria, including the oil embargo, so as to help the civilian population and support the opposition in that country.
Competent authorities in EU member states can now authorise three types of transactions: imports of oil and petroleum products, including related finance and insurance; exports of key equipment and technology for the oil and gas industry to Syria, also including related finance and insurance; as well as investments in the Syrian oil industry.
Before approving any such transaction, competent authorities will consult with the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces and ensure that the transactions do not circumvent EU sanctions against Syria, in particular the asset freezes on those associated with the violent repression in Syria.
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