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Sweden Explains It All: EU Transnistria (Moldova) sanctions

Here's another sanctions program, currently in abeyance, that Mr. Watchlist was unaware of…

This is the history behind the sanctions:

Just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the leadership of the region east of the river Dniester attempted to break from the then Soviet republic of Moldova. In spring 1992, after the Soviet Union had broken up and Moldova had become an independent state, the conflict over the region escalated and violent fighting lead to several hundred deaths and more than 100 000 internally displaced people. The Russian army intervened on the Transnistrian side and in July the same year a ceasefire was agreed. The government of Moldova has in fact no control over the breakaway region of Transnistria.

In February 2003, the Council of the European Union decided to introduce sanctions in the form of travel restrictions against the leadership of the breakaway region, with the aim of putting pressure on the leadership to take steps to reach a settlement to the conflict.

In August 2004, the measures were broadened to include a number of people who were responsible for a campaign directed at a number schools in Transnistria using the Latin alphabet. The choice of alphabet is a sensitive issue since Moldova went over to Latin script in connection with independence from the Soviet Union, while Transnistria retained Cyrillic script.

In February 2008, the Council decided to temporarily suspend the application of the sanctions to encourage progress in reaching a political settlement to the Transnistrian conflict, and with regard to the Latin-script schools. The Council has subsequently decided on several occasions to extend both the sanctions and the temporary suspension of their application. The latest decision means that the sanctions, and the temporary suspension of their application, are extended until 30 September 2012. In view of a new leadership taking over in Transnistria, and the positive development that has subsequently been noted, a review will be conducted ahead of any new sanctions decision.

and what the sanctions entail today:

The travel restrictions prevent the persons covered by them from travelling in or through the territory of EU Member States. Certain exemptions may be granted, for example to attend international conferences organised by the UN.

Please note that the application of the sanctions are temporarily suspended until further notice.

and the relevant EU documents:

The sanctions are now regulated in Council Decision 2010/573/CFSP, which was adopted on 27 September 2010. The decision states that the application of the restrictive measures have been temporarily suspended to encourage progress in reaching a political settlement to the conflict, addressing the remaining problems of the Latin-script schools. The suspension has since been extended on various occasions. Through Council Decision 2012/170/CFSP of 24 March 2012, the temporary suspension of the application was extended further until the end of September 2012 and now coincides with the period of validity of the sanctions.

In two annexes to Decision 2010/573/CFSP, those covered by the travel restrictions are specified. Amendments to the annexes have been introduced through decisions 2011/641/CFSP and 2012/170/CFSP.


Sweden EU Transnistria sanctions page


Categories: EU Updates Sanctions Programs Sanctions Regulations Transnistria (Moldova) sanctions


2 replies

    1. Fair enough… it has been a while since I went to the site. I mostly verify that the links work… I will look at all the program pages and come up with a solution for retired programs.

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