European Commission proposes to criminalize circumvention of sanctions

The European Commission has officially proposed to treat the circumvention of the imposed sanctions as a crime at the level of the European Union, the document says.

The updated list of EU criminal offenses may include the following provisions:

  • participation in activities aimed at direct or indirect circumvention of restrictive measures, including by hiding assets;
  • Refusal to freeze funds owned or controlled by a particular individual or entity;
  • import or export of goods subject to trade bans.

It is reported that this measure "will facilitate the investigation, prosecution and punishment of such violations in all member states."

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Author`s name: Petr Ernilin