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EU Update: EU Adopts Import Ban on Goods & Certain Services From Crimea & Sevastopol
At its meeting of 23 June 2014, the Council of the European Union decided that from the 25th of June onwards goods originating in Crimea and Sevastopol may no longer be imported into the European Union, except if they have been granted a certificate of origin by the Ukrainian authorities. Furthermore, providing financial and insurance services related to the import of such goods will equally be prohibited. Such total import ban measures are relatively exceptional for the EU.
The Council restated its position that it considers the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia illegal and it will not recognise it.
For the import ban to come into force, the precise details will need to first be published in the EU’s Official Journal. The Council’s press statement on the prohibition of imports from Crimea and Sevastopol can already be consulted here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/143342.pdf
The comments by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, following the Foreign Affairs Council, on the situation in Ukraine, as well as on the situation in Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Syria can be found here: http://www.eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140623_03_en.pdf.
The EU High Representative also confirmed in the same statement that the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia will be signed on 27 June in Brussels.