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On 13 March 2020, the Official Journal published the Common Military List of the European Union, as adopted by the Council on 17 February 2020 (2020/C 85/01). The document lists items covered by Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP defining common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment. It updates and replaces the Common Military List of the European Union that was adopted by the Council on 18 February 2019. Notable changes include…

In response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe, a number of countries have implemented national controls to restrict the export of medicines and medical equipment, such as face masks, gloves, and protective clothing. Over the weekend, the EU Commission reviewed actions taken by Member States and, while it has discouraged Member States from adopting measures which would limit intra-EU trade, it has introduced a temporary export ban on exports of certain…

Representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran met on 26 February 2020 at a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). All participants reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA and their strong support and collective responsibility for the continuation of key nuclear non-proliferation projects. The meeting follows the announcement on 14 January 2020 that the JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism had been initiated by the E3 Foreign Ministers (see our earlier blog post here); the time limit for Joint Commission consideration of Iran’s actions was extended without a specific deadline at the end of January (extending the 15 day period that was triggered on 14 January).

On 27 February 2020, the European Council made its first designations under the designated party regime that it introduced in November 2019 in response to Turkey’s unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean (see our previous update here). Two Turkish individuals have been designated with immediate effect: Mehmet Ferruh AKALIN, Vice-President (Assistant General Manager) and member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO); andAli Coscun NAMOGLU, Deputy Director of the Exploration…