The EU Council has modified its framework on restrictive measures to combat terrorism, introducing a humanitarian exception to asset freeze measures for a 12-month period. This allows specified humanitarian actors to engage in transactions with listed individuals and entities without prior authorization, aiming to deliver humanitarian assistance or support basic human needs. The decision aims to enhance consistency across EU measures and align with UN resolutions, emphasizing the EU’s commitment to principled humanitarian action and adherence to international law in sanctions policy. This follows the UN Security Council resolution 2664 (2022) and previous EU decisions to introduce humanitarian exemptions into sanctions regimes.

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