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EU SANCTIONS: Everything You need to Know About this Policy Tool

Sanctions are a potent element in the EU’s foreign and security policy toolbox and can help influence states, entities, or individuals that defy international laws and norms to modify their behavior. The EU implements all sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

FACTSHEET: EU restrictive measures

Sanctions are one of the EU’s tools to promote the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP): peace, democracy and the respect for the rule of law, human rights and international law. They are always part of a comprehensive policy approach involving political dialogue and complementary efforts.

EU sanctions are not punitive, but designed to bring about a change in policy or activity by the target country, entities or individuals. Measures are therefore always targeted at such policies or activities, the means to conduct them and those responsible for them. At the same time, the EU makes every effort to minimise adverse consequences for the civilian population or for legitimate activities.

The EU implements all sanctions imposed by the UN. In addition, the EU may reinforce UN sanctions by applying stricter and additional measures. Finally, where the EU deems it necessary, it may decide to impose autonomous sanctions.For more information download the latest Factsheet on EU Restrictive Measures