Council set to tighten restrictive measures against Syria


EU foreign affairs ministers will be discussing the evolving situation in Syria and looking to take a decision to tighten restrictive measures against the Syrian regime at the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 27 February in Brussels, as well as issues concerning other ENPI countries.
"Given the continued use of violence against civilians, the Council is due to reinforce the EU's restrictive measures against the Syrian regime," says a Foreign Affairs Council background document. Current measures include imposing an arms embargo, banning the import of Syrian crude oil and new investment in the Syrian petrol sector.
The ministers will also discuss Egypt, the South Caucasus and the Middle East Peace Process.
As for Egypt, the Council is due to note the importance of a complete transfer of power to civilian rule as soon as possible and to urge the interim authorities to protect civilians in full respect of human rights and the rule of law. The Council is also expected to draw attention to the EU's agenda of available assistance to Egypt, including financial support; further market integration and the launching of a dialogue on migration, mobility and security.
Middle East Peace Process
Ministers will discuss the latest developments concerning the Middle East Peace Process, in particular following the Doha declaration on Palestinian reconciliation. The statement was signed on 6 February and provides for the formation of a government of independent technocrats under President Mahmoud Abbas, which will be in charge of facilitating presidential and legislative elections.
Council background
European Neighbourhood Policy
ENPI Info Centre - Council tightens EU sanctions on Syria
European External Action Service – Frequently Asked Questions on EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime
ENPI Info Centre webpage – Syria
ENPI Info Centre webpage - Egypt
 ENPI Info Centre webpage - Occupied Palestinian Territory
ENPI Info Centre webpage - Israel



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