Guidance note on the provision of humanitarian aid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in certain environments subject to EU restrictive measures

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Series Details C (2020) 3179
Publication Date 11/05/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 12 May 2020, setting out guidance on how coronavirus-related humanitarian aid can be sent to countries and areas around the world that are subject to EU sanctions. This one relates to humanitarian aid aimed at supporting Syria.

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EU restrictive measures (sanctions) may consist of freezing of funds or economic resources of certain persons, entities and bodies, as well as in some cases in restrictions to trade in certain goods and services. The purpose of these restrictions is to attain the objectives of the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. They focus on those whose actions endanger its values, while avoiding negative consequences on the civilian population. In particular, EU sanctions are not meant to stand in the way nor impede the supply of humanitarian aid, including medical activities. EU measures comply with all obligations under international law.

This guidance on Syria is the first of a series of Q&A documents covering countries targeted by EU sanctions.

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European Commission: Press Release, 12/05/2020: Commission publishes guidance on coronavirus-related humanitarian aid to Syria despite sanctions

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