New designations US Russia sanctions regime

22 juni 2017

On 20 June 2017, the US designated 38 people and entities under the US Russia sanctions regime, for involvement in the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, and also 20 subsidiaries were identified that are owned 50% or more by designated AK Transneft OAO. According to the US Treasury, “US sanctions on Russia related to the situation in eastern Ukraine will remain in place until Russia fully honours its obligations under the Minsk Agreements.  US sanctions related to Crimea will not be lifted until Russia ends its …

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New US Cuba sanctions

21 juni 2017

On 16 June 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order introducing new sanctions measures against Cuba. President Trump said that his administration would impose some of the sanctions on Cuba that were relaxed under the Obama administration. These measures do not re-impose the US trade embargo on Cuba, but enhances US travel restrictions to Cuba, and limits travel for non-academic educational purposes to group travel. The self-directed, individual travel permitted by the Obama administration will be prohibited. The …

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EU framework for cybersanctions

20 juni 2017

On 19 July 2017, the European Council agreed to develop a framework that allows a joint EU diplomatic response to cyber attacks. The framework provides for the possibility to implement restrictive measures within the Common Foreign and Security Policy in case of cyber attacks. The EU is concerned by the increased ability and willingness of state and non-state actors to pursue their objectives through malicious cyber activities and deems it necessary to be able to respond to such activities through the introduction …

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US Senate has voted for new US sanctions against Russia and Iran

20 juni 2017

On June 15, 2017, the United States Senate voted almost unanimously (98-2) in favour of a comprehensive addition to the US Russia and Iran sanctions regimes. The proposed restrictive measures are intended to punish Russia over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, annexation of the Crimea and support for the Syrian regime. The new sanctions would target Russian energy projects, and impose new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping, railways and on Russians guilty of conducting cyber …

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Enhanced enforcement approach Dutch public prosecutor has led to recent convictions

7 juni 2017

Since January 2017, the Dutch public prosecutor has applied a new approach to export controls and sanctions violations. This new approach entails that violations of these laws are more actively investigated and prosecuted. A specific public prosecutor has been appointed to fully focus on these kind of violations. If a breach of export controls or sanctions is found, such breach will in principle be prosecuted. This does not only apply to entities but also to de facto leaders involved in such violations. Out-of-court …

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B&A Law wins case for NPSA against Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs

4 juni 2017

On Tuesday 30 May 2017,  B&A Law successfully represented the NPSA, the Dutch representative of the International Practical Shooting Confederation, in a very interesting court case against the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. Eight members of the NPSA were invited to join the IPSC World Championships taking place from 4 through 11 June in Kubinka, Russia. Practical shooting is a dynamic form of shooting sport, requiring the sporters to finish a track whilst shooting different types of targets. In April 2017, …

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B&A Law on BNR Nieuwsradio

2 mei 2017

On 1 May 2017, Sebastiaan Bennink of B&A Law joined the Dutch BNR Nieuwsradio, for a live discussion on the Netherlands export control policy regarding Turkey. Since the recent political developments between Turkey and the Netherlands, exporters of dual-use products may face certain unique challenges when doing business with Turkish parties. This change in policy from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes that exporters may be faced with additional requirements when filing their requests for export licenses. Interested …

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