Question to the Council for written answer E-009643/2014
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: ISIS assets
In light of the various humanitarian abuses perpetrated by the terrorist organisation known as ISIS, can the Council please confirm what financial measures are being taken, including the freezing of its assets, at Member State and/or EU level?
E-009643/2014 Reply (2.2.2015)
With respect to financial measures taken at EU level related to ISIS, as referred to by the Honourable Member in his question, the Council can inform the Honourable Member that Council Common Position 2002/402/CFSP1 concerns restrictive measures against members of the Al-Qaida organisation and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them, as referred to in the list drawn up pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1267(1999) and 1333(2000), as regularly updated by the committee established pursuant to UNSCR 1267(1999) and 1989(2011).
In particular, UNSCR 2161(2014) reaffirms criteria for listing an individual, group, undertaking or entity associated with Al-Qaida and eligible for inclusion in the Al-Qaida Sanctions List. These criteria include participating in the financing, or otherwise supporting, acts or activities of Al-Qaida or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof. UNSCR 2170(2014) specifically relates to measures regarding ISIL, including against terrorist financing.
“Islamic State of Iraq”, “ISI” and “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” are listed in Annex 1 to Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 as amended, as aliases for “Al-Qaida in Iraq”, and are therefore subject to EU restrictive measures.
establish an arms embargo for listed individuals, groups, undertakings and entities;
provide for the freezing of funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled by a listed natural or legal person, entity, body or group;
provide that no funds or economic resources are made available, directly or indirectly, to, or for the benefit of, listed, natural or legal persons, entities, bodies or groups; and
prohibit the listed persons from entering, or transiting through, the territory of EU Member States.
The Commission and the Member States inform each other of the measures taken under Regulation (EC) No 881/2002. The Council does not hold that information.
1 Council Common Position of 27 May 2002 concerning restrictive measures against members of the Al-Qaida organisation and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them, OJ L 139, 29.5.2002, p. 4.