Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/… amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning EU restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/… implementing Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against persons acting in violation of the arms embargo with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1. The attached Council Decision (CFSP) 2019 /… (the “Council Decision”) extends the EU targeted sanctions regime on Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) established by Council Decision (CFSP) 2010/788 (the “Principal Council Decision”) and Council Regulation (EU) 1183/2005 (the “Principal Council Regulation”) until 12th December 2020. The Council Decision and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/… (the “Council Implementing Regulation”) also remove two persons (Roger Kibelisa and Lambert Mende) from the list of persons and entities subject to that regime. Those designated under the regime are subject to an asset freeze and travel ban.

2. The Principal Council Decision provides that the EU can impose targeted restricted measures against persons who are involved in obstructing a consensual and peaceful solution towards elections in DRC, being involved in planning, directing, or committing acts that constitute serious human rights violations or abuses in DRC as well as persons associated with them.

3. The Council Decision further specifies that the Council and High Representative may process personal data in order to carry out their tasks under the Principal Council Decision. The Council Legal Service (CLS) introduced this new Article (which will be a new Article 8a) in October 2019 under the new EU Nicaragua sanctions regime and there was Member State agreement to include the Article in all sanctions regimes going forward. The inclusion of this new personal data Article reflected the need for the Council to be aligned with EU Regulation 2018/1725 which issued last year on the processing of personal data of listed persons by the EU which is a responsibility for both the Council and the Commission.

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