Within the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the EU implements restrictive measures for the purposes of pursuing the specific CSFP objectives stated in the Treaty on European Union. In recent years, the EU has often imposed sanctions or restrictive measures both autonomously and in compliance with the binding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
Sanctions are a diplomatic or economic instrument intended to stimulate change in activities or policies, such as violations of international law, human rights, the rule of law or democratic principles. The restrictive measures imposed by the EU can target third countries’ governments, as well as non-State entities, natural or legal persons (such as terrorist groups or individual terrorists). They can consist of embargoes on the sale of weapons, other specific or general trade restrictions (import or export bans), financial restrictions, travel restrictions (visa or travel bans), or other measures that may appear appropriate to the case in question.
According to the nature of the specific sanctions, Member States are obliged to undertake specific tasks regarding the implementation of restrictive measures.
To consult the latest updates in the EU, please note:
- EU Internet page on sanctions
- European map of territorial and “horizontal” sanctions, i.e. thematic ones:
- Link to the Consolidated Texts of Current EU Legislation:
For further information on UN sanctions:
Import/export and other authorisation schemes
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Ministry of Economy and Finance – Financial Security Committee
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Communications pursuant to Articles 8 and 9 of Council Regulation (EU) No. 269/2014 of March 17, 2014:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – DGAP Sanctions Coordination Unit
Policy focal point on sanctions
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate General for Global Affairs (DGMO) Desk I
National focal point on sanctions
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – National Authority – UAMA (Unit for Armament Material Authorisations)
National authority in charge of controlling the exports, transfers, brokering and transit of dual-use goods and technologies as regulated by the European Union. It issues the corresponding export authorisations and import and export certifications.
For additional details and information visit the web page https://www.esteri.it/it/ministero/struttura/uama/legislazione/
MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
06.3691.1 (switchboard); 06.3691.8899 (Office of Relations with the Public)
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Crisis Unit for companies dealing with the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict
The Crisis Unit advises on existing restrictive measures for companies involved in business transactions with the Russian Federation and Belarus. It is also competent for notifications of oil imports under Article 3 quaterdiecis (3m) of Council Regulation No. 833/2014 (Crisis Unit for Business), as well as for providing assistance to Italian companies which need to reorient their supply markets as a result of the conflict. The Crisis Unit can be contacted for any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project to redirect critical supplies from alternative markets
Jointly with Confindustria and the ICE Agency, the Crisis Unit has launched a project aimed at identifying the main raw materials and semi-finished products that are critical for the national industry, with the aim of identifying and making available to companies sources of supply alternative to the suppliers of the countries involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Through the MAECI foreign network, the Crisis Unit has drawn up a list of potential alternative suppliers. The companies interested in acquiring more information on possible suppliers and supply markets are urged to write to email@example.com.