ANNOUNCEMENT 08 Apr 2022

In April 2022, the EU adopted several trade, financial and public procurement sanctions against Russia in the context of the attack on Ukraine and the recent developments in the city of Bucha.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

6

  • 5 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

EUR-Lex. Official Journal of the EU. "Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 of 8 April 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine". 08/04/2022. Available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2022.111.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2022%3A111%3ATOC

Council of the EU. Press release. "EU adopts fifth round of sanctions against Russia over its military aggression against Ukraine". 08/04/2022. Available at: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/04/08/eu-adopts-fifth-round-of-sanctions-against-russia-over-its-military-aggression-against-ukraine/pdf

European Commission. Press release. "Ukraine: EU agrees fifth package of restrictive measures against Russia". https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_2332

Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Export ban

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 prohibiting the export, directly or indirectly, of additional goods to Russia or for use in Russia. The measure comes in the context of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine and support from Belarus, particularly in the recent findings in the city of Bucha. It enters into force one day following its publication in the Official Journal. In particular, the measure: 

  • Adds the following 4 new 6-digits subheadings to the Annex X of the Regulation (EU) 833/2014: 8418.69, 8419.60, 8419.50, and 8414.10. Notably, the Annex sets out the list of goods and technology suited for use in oil refining banned from exports to Russia in March 2022 (see related state act). The measure also removed two sub-headings that were previously included in the list (see related intervention).
  • Adds jet fuel and fuel additives to the export ban list. The list of affected products is in the new Annex XX and it includes 25 products enclosed in six 6-digit subheadings in the UN Harmonised System. Notably, these products complement the goods and technology for aviation or the space industry subject to an export ban since March 2022 (see related state act).
  • Adds a new list of goods that could contribute to the enhancement of Russian industrial capacities via the new Annex XXIII. That list includes 672 products. 

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which imposed sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial, and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

In this context, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, noted: "These latest sanctions were adopted following the atrocities committed by Russian armed forces in Bucha and other places under Russian occupation. The aim of our sanctions is to stop the reckless, inhuman and aggressive behaviour of the Russian troops and make clear to the decision-makers in the Kremlin that their illegal aggression comes at a heavy cost".

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

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Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Export ban

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 removing two products from the list of goods and technology suited for use in oil refining banned from exports to Russia in March 2022 (see related state act). The removal of subheadings 8456.90 and 8543.70 from Annex X of the Regulation (EU) 833/2014 results in the lifting of the export ban for these 2 products. 

Notably, the measure also added 4 new products to Annex X of the Regulation (EU) 833/2014  (see related intervention). 

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which set the sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Instrument unclear

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 prohibiting Russian vessels and road transport undertakings from accessing the EU territory. The measure comes in the context of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine and support from Belarus, particularly in the recent findings in the city of Bucha. It enters into force one day following its publication on the official gazette. In particular, the measure:

  • Prohibits the access to EU ports to any vessel registered under the Russian flag; and 
  • Prohibits road transport undertakings established in Russia to transport goods within the territory of the EU, including in transit.

Notably, some exceptions apply to both prohibitions, particularly for universal mail, pharmaceutical, medical, agricultural and food products (including wheat and fertilisers), as well as for road transport for humanitarian and diplomatic purposes.

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which set the sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

 
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Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Import ban

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 prohibiting the import of certain products from Russia. The measure comes in the context of the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine and support from Belarus, particularly in the recent findings in the city of Bucha. It enters into force one day following its publication on the official gazette. In particular, the measure:

  • Prohibits the import or purchase, directly or indirectly, of coal and other solid fossil fuels if they originate in Russia or are exported from Russia. The affected products are listed in Annex XXII and it includes most of the chapter subheading 27. There are certain flexibilities until 10 August 2022 for contracts concluded before 9 April 2022.
  • Prohibits the import or purchase, directly or indirectly, of goods that generate significant revenues for Russia. The affected products are listed in Annex XXI and it includes several product groups at the 4-digit level.

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which set the sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

 
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Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Controls on commercial transactions and investment instruments

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 prohibiting the supply and export of banknotes denominated in any official EU currency to Russia. The measure expands the one prohibiting the supply of euro-denominated banknotes adopted on 2 March 2022 (see related state act).

The measure has some exceptions, namely for natural personas with immediate family members in Belarus or diplomatic missions.

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which set the sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

 
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Inception date: 09 Apr 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Public procurement access

On 8 April 2022, the European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 prohibiting the award as well as the continuation of any public procurement contracts with Russian nationals, legal personals or other entities acting on behalf of the aforementioned. The measure applies horizontally, with some exceptions for the nuclear, space, energy and metallurgic sectors. 

The measure was introduced via a modification of Regulation (EU) 833/2014 which set the sanctions against Russia in the context of the Crimea conflict in 2014. It forms part of the new round of sanctions following the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine. The package also includes several other trade, financial and public procurement restrictions (see other related interventions), as well as sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts).

EU's sanctions on Russia and Belarus

On 8 April 2022, the EU passed a series of measures targetting the Russian Federation for the recognition of non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities, and the subsequent decision to send Russian troops into these areas. The package also extends to Belarus given its support to the Russian actions. It includes further trade, financial and public procurement restrictions against Russian and other sanctions targeting Belarus (see related state acts). 

The EU has adopted a series of sanctions packages since 23 February 2022 (see related state acts).

 
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