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.
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The EU Council has adopted a further set of additional restrictions on trade with Syria which now includes a ban on trade in luxury goods. This is the thirteenth addition to EU sanctions with Syria adopted since the start of 2011.