Libya – New EU sanctions (21 September 2020)


On 21 September 2020, with the unanimity of its 27 Member States, the European Union (EU) adopted new sanctions against an airline and two shipping companies responsible for violations of the arms embargo on Libya established by the United Nations, as well as two individuals responsible for serious human rights violations.

The sanctions involve freezes on assets held in the EU by the sanctioned persons and entities, in addition to visa bans for the individuals in questions. Moreover, EU nationals are prohibited from providing funds to the sanctioned individuals and entities.

With these new sanctions, the number of individuals subject to visa bans under the EU sanctions regime concerning Libya now stands at 17, and the number of persons and entities subject to asset freezes at 21 individuals and 19 entities. The EU sanctions supplement and enhance the UN sanctions.

These sanctions demonstrate the will of the EU and its Member States to ensure respect for human rights and international law in Libya, and their collective determination to contribute to arms embargo compliance and to a lasting end to hostilities, including through strategic use of sanctions, in addition to the implementation of Operation Irini.

The legal documents relating to these sanctions, including the names of the sanctioned individuals and entities, have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union: