Colombia: EU suspends sanctions against the FARC

27 Sep 2016 10:17 AM

The Council suspended the application of EU restrictive measures against the 'Fuerzas armadas revolucionarias de Colombia' ('Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia') known as 'FARC' on 27 September 2016. This decision follows the official signing on 26 September 2016 of the Colombia peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC.

The organisation has been listed since June 2002 under the so-called "EU terrorist list", which established a list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts and subject to restrictive measures. Set down in common position 2001/931/CFSP, these measures impose anasset freeze on persons, groups and entities considered as involved in terrorist acts. It also prohibits EU persons and entities to make funds and economic resources available to them. 

The Colombian government and the FARC reached agreement on a peace deal to end more than 50 years of armed conflict on 25 August 2016. The signature ceremony takes place on 26 September 2016 in Cartagena.

The decision to suspend the sanctions against the FARC was adopted by the Council by written procedure. The legal acts are published in the Official Journal of 27 September 2016.