EU Sanctions (45)


Updated on July 26, 2018 (see bottom of article): Two cargo ships transporting wheat from Crimea to Syria have been delisted from registries, while a Makhlouf-related businessman has been removed from the EU sanctions list.


Rami Makhlouf has failed in an appeal to lift EU sanctions imposed on him in 2011.


The European Union has extended one more year its economic sanctions on Syria.


A Syrian investor, despite being a close associate of Samer Foz, has seen his assets frozen by the Syrian government for the second time in the space of five years.


Rami Makhlouf is now involved in the controversial Marota City real estate development in the Mazzeh District of Damascus.


The European Union has added two Syrian government members to its blacklist, the first such addition in months.


The Syrian government announced last week that a Greek-Italian consortium had begun works on a new power plant in Deir Ali near Damascus, in what is likely the largest ongoing engineering project in the country, although how it plans to pay for it remains a mystery.


The European Union has added 16 Syrian individuals who are mostly affiliated with its chemicals programme to its sanctions list.


A British oil company that has rights over oil fields located in northeast Syria has said that production at these fields has increased significantly since the beginning of the year although it receives no revenues from them.


The list below includes the names of all the Syrian entities that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the uprising in March 2011.


The European Union has lifted its sanctions on a Syrian company that was accused of carrying oil trade with the government, citing insufficient evidence.


The European Union has blacklisted four Syrian senior officers for their alleged role in the use of chemical weapons against civilians.


The deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic visited Damascus last week in a rare visit by a high ranking European official since the beginning of the uprising.


The UN has been granting dozens of millions of dollars to companies associated with the regime, a report from The Guardian has found.


The Syrian President has appointed two new governors to the provinces of Suweida and Damascus Countryside, including a retired officer under EU sanctions.


The United Nations agencies based in Damascus have contracted dozens of Syrian companies to supply them with goods and services worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the past years.


Ayman Asfari, one of Syria’s wealthiest individuals, has reportedly bought a significant stake in a company with significant oil assets in Syria and which includes among its other shareholders one of the regime's most powerful business tycoons.


Adib Mayaleh, the governor of the Central Bank of Syria, who also answers to the French name of André Mayard, lost a bid to remove sanctions imposed on him by the European Union.


A bilateral meeting by members of the Syrian and Russian governments in Sochi last week failed to reach an agreement on a USD 1 billion loan by Moscow, according to various reports.


Three years after the Syrian air force began bombing its own towns, the EU has decided to ban jet fuel and additives exports to Syria because “they are being used for indiscriminate air attacks against civilians.”


Shares in Syria International Islamic Bank gained last week and attracted investors’ interest on the back of the removal of the company from the European Union sanctions list.


A European court has rejected the appeal by Bushra Al-Assad, the sister of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, against the sanctions imposed on her by the European Union.


Syria is facing a renewed cooking gas shortage due, according to the Minister of Petroleum, to EU sanctions on the industry.


Total’s production of oil and gas in Syria rose 35 percent last year on the back of rising gas output before international sanctions forced the French company to suspend all activities.


Syria’s stock market index fell by 1.69 percent this week, its steepest weekly decline in three months in the wake of EU sanctions on the Central Bank of Syria and a continued deterioration in the political and economic environments.


The European Union imposed today new sanctions on Syria including a freeze of the assets of the Central Bank and a ban on cargo flights.


Updated February 13: The European Union plans to impose new economic sanctions on Syria threatening to reduce further the Government’s foreign currency earnings and the country’s links with the outside world as diplomatic pressure piles on Damascus.


Updated February 6: Gulfsands Petroleum has said that drilling operations in the Khurbet East 102 well had encountered oil and gas with total recoverable reserves estimated at around 19.2 million barrels of oil equivalent and that it would now stop all activities in Syria.


Mehran Khwanda, the main shareholder and head of the Khwanda Group, has announced his resignation from the board of directors of Bank of Syria and Overseas, following his inclusion in a blacklist issued by the European Union last week.


Mehran Khwanda, the main shareholder and head of the Khwanda Group, has announced his resignation from the board of directors of Bank of Syria and Overseas, following his inclusion in a blacklist issued by the European Union last week.


Croatia’s INA Naftaplin has denied press reports that its mother company, MOL, was considering the sale of the company’s assets in Syria.


Gulfsands Petroleum has announced that it was continuing exploration works in Syria only a few days after announcing its suspension of production activity.


Total of France has stopped oil production in Syria in compliance with recent EU sanctions as a growing number of international companies operating in the country are considering taking similar steps.


Al-Watan, Syria’s only private sector political daily, was included in a list of entities put under sanctions last week by the European Union.


The Syrian government has extended for a second time a bidding round for exploration in its offshore waters as Europe readies an investment ban on the oil sector.


Samir Hassan and Nizar Asaad, two businessmen involved in various sectors of activity, were added to the latest names of Syrian individuals put under sanctions by the European Union.


Gulfsands Petroleum, a UK-based oil company, has disclosed its ties to Rami Makhlouf, a prominent local businessman recently put under sanctions by the European Union.


An estimated 1.2 million protestors took to the streets across Syria on Friday July 22 - the largest turnout ever since the unrest began on March 15. Earlier in the week in a significant diplomatic blow, the Embassy of Qatar in Damascus closed and its Ambassador abandoned his post. Meanwhile, the heavy crackdown against the opposition in Homs continued throughout the week.


The list of Syrian officials sanctioned by the European Union on May 23 includes businessman Mohammad Hamsho as well as several security and political figures.


After two weeks of comparative calm amid weeks of acute turmoil, Friday saw a resurgence of extreme violence with the death-toll from the day's after-prayers protests reportedly reaching as high as 44.


Conflicting narratives abound in Syria, as the government and those participating in the unrest across the country endeavor to shape how Syrians and the outside world interpret the country's tumult.


There has been a marked decline in unrest across Syria over the course of the last week. The precise reason for this remains unclear - as does the outlook for the protest movement itself. 


The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked its citizens whose presence in Syria is not indispensable, to leave the country.