Tightening Up the Enforcement of Sanctions in the EU

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The European Commission’s proposal to add sanctions evasion to the list of EU Crimes

On 25 May 2022, the European Commission announced its proposal to include violation of the Union’s restrictive measures in the EU’s list of crimes. In a separate Communication, it set out the main contents of a future Directive on the issue.

In parallel, the Commission presented another proposal which would revise the Directive on the freezing and confiscation of the instruments and proceeds of crimes in order to bolster the powers of Member States to confiscate assets frozen in connection with violations of EU restrictive measures.

If passed, these measures would harmonise the approach of the Member States to sanctions enforcement and asset confiscation.

The war in Ukraine, in fact, made it clear that, lacking consistent regulations on sanctions at a national level, many Member States are struggling to freeze and confiscate assets of sanctions targets.

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This article has been also published on the EU Law Live website on June 2, 2022.

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