Council of EU Adopts Legislation to Boost Legal Defense Against Daesh, Al-Qaeda

© AP Photo / Virginia MayoEuropean Union headquarters is reflected in the windows of the EU Council building prior to an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
European Union headquarters is reflected in the windows of the EU Council building prior to an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The Council of the European Union announced on Tuesday the adoption of legislation that allows the bloc to impose sanctions autonomously against Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorist groups.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On March 14, the Council, following a UN resolution, adopted restrictive measures against members of al-Qaeda, associated individuals and entities. The restrictions were aimed at cutting financial assets of individuals and entities from Daesh and al-Qaeda sanctions list.

"On 20 September 2016, the Council adopted a legal framework which, for the first time, will allow the EU to apply sanctions autonomously to ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida and persons and entities associated or supporting them. Until now sanctions could only be applied to persons and entities listed by the United Nations or by EU member states acting individually," press service of the Council said on its website.

In May 2015, the Council and the European Parliament introduced regulations to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

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