Republic of Cyprus

Sanctions


SANCTIONS / RESTRICTIVE MEASURES



A. Introduction

Sanctions - also referred to as restrictive measures - constitute a political tool put in place against third countries, individuals or entities with the aim of maintaining or restoring international peace and security and, also, upholding respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Sanctions are, essentially, a preventive and not a punitive tool of foreign policy which aspires at addressing negative political developments (such as infringements of International Law, including the democratic principles and the rule of law) in a timely manner, as well as conveying a strong political statement.

Measures such as arms and trade embargoes (restrictions to imports/exports), financial restrictions, freezing of assets and visa or travel bans are some of the means (most commonly used) to achieve the aforementioned objectives, according to the situation at hand.

In general terms, these measures should target the policies or actions that have prompted the decision to impose sanctions and the means to conduct them, and those identified as responsible for these policies or actions. Such targeted measures should minimise adverse consequences for those not responsible for such policies and actions, in particular the local civilian population, and for those carrying out legitimate activities in or with the country concerned.

Sanctions are adopted and implemented in accordance with International Law and with respect to human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular due process and the right to an effective remedy in full conformity with the relevant jurisprudence. The various restrictive measures are, by and large, proportionate to the desired political objective.

As Member State of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), the Republic of Cyprus has an obligation to enforce/implement:

(a) International Sanctions by a relevant Decision/Resolution adopted by the Security Council (SC/UN), under chapter VII of the UN Charter; and

(b) Restrictive Measures adopted by the Council of the EU via relevant Decisions and Regulations, within the framework of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

It should be noted that that the SC/UN uses the term “sanctions”, while the EU employs the term “restrictive measures”; however, the two terms can be used interchangeably.

B. Legal Framework

B1. Legal Bases for the adoption of EU restrictive measures

Within the framework of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the EU may decide to impose restrictive measures against third countries, entities or individuals. These measures must be consistent with EU’s common objectives, as set out in Article 21 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU).

The Council of the EU first adopts a CFSP Decision under Article 29 of the TEU. Measures such as arms embargoes or restrictions on travel bans are implemented directly by all Member States, which are legally bound to act in conformity with CFSP Council Decisions. Other measures interrupting or reducing, in part or completely, economic relations with a third country, including measures pertaining to the freezing of funds and economic resources, are implemented by means of an EU Regulation, adopted by the Council of the EU on a proposal from the European Commission, after a common suggestion by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission, based on Article 215 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC). The European Parliament is thereafter being informed of the adopted legal acts.

B2. United Nations Security Council Sanctions - Incorporation of SC/UN Sanctions and EU Restrictive Measures into Cypriot Legislation

Those Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN which are adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter and are related to the imposition of sanctions, as a means to maintain international peace and security, are binding on all UN Member States, while also having an immediate effect, as set out in Article 25 of the UN Charter.

Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN as regards the imposition of sanctions are incorporated into EU Law, and thus into the national legislation of EU Member States, through Decisions and Regulations adopted by the Council of the EU in the framework of the CFSP. The EU may, however, decide to apply autonomous measures in addition to the UN's measures or adopt restrictive measures autonomously.

As a result, the Republic of Cyprus does implement the binding provisions of the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN, through the pertinent Decisions and Regulations of the Council of the EU.


C. Legal bindingness

The CFSP is subject to specific rules and procedures. It shall be defined and implemented by the European Council and the Council of the EU, on the basis of unanimity, except where the Treaties provide otherwise (Article 24 of the Treaty on European Union, TEU).

Decisions and Regulations of the Council of the EU in the framework of CFSP (autonomous restrictive measures and incorporation of SC/UN sanctions) constitute in their entirety part of EU Law, which supersedes the national legislation of Member States. Therefore, these legal acts are legally binding on all EU Member States, with Regulations being directly applicable by Member States (i.e. they require no implementing legislation).

As it is set out by Article 297 (2) of the TEC, Decisions and Regulations of the Council of the EU, which are adopted in the framework of CFSP, are then published in the EU Official Journal and take effect on the date specified there within.

Relevant Documents:

1. Basic Principles on the Use of Restrictive Measures (Sanctions)
http://register.consilium.europa.eu/doc/srv?l=EN&t=PDF&gc=true&sc=false&f=ST%2010198%202004%20REV%201&r=http%3A%2F%2Fregister.consilium.europa.eu%2Fpd%2Fen%2F04%2Fst10%2Fst10198-re01.en04.pdf

2. Update of the EU Best Practices for the effective implementation of restrictive Measures
http://www.portugal.gov.pt/media/1172885/Update%20of%20the%20EU%20Best%20Practices%20for%20the%20effective%20implementation%20of%20restrictive%20measures%202008.pdf

3. Guidelines on implementation and evaluation of restrictive measures (sanctions) in the framework of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy - new elements (See ANEX I underneath)


D. Collection of information

D1. SC/UN Sanctions

Today there exist fifteen (15) different SC/UN Sanctions Regimes and, consequently, fifteen (15) corresponding SC/UN Sanctions Committees in order to monitor the implementation of those sanctions. For nine (9) of the aforesaid Sanctions Regimes there have been nine (9) corresponding Group of Experts, which, in general terms, are tasked with assisting the work of the relevant SC/UN Sanctions Committees.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus has produced a guidance note in which the fifteen SC/UN Sanction Regimes and other pertinent data, including the official web links of the SC/UN, are listed (See ANNEX II underneath).

The official website of the UN which contains all the necessary information regarding the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN which are related to the imposition of sanctions per year is: http://www.un.org/en/sc/documents/resolutions/

D2. EU Restrictive measures

For information purposes, and in order to facilitate the prompt implementation of the sanctions, the following relevant web links of the EU official website can be advised:

§ Lists of targeted persons and entities where subject EU Restrictive Measures (financial sanctions). This is a database that has been created by the EU Credit Sector Federations, which provides access to a consolidated list of all persons and entities subject to EU restrictive measures (economic sanctions). The list aims at facilitating the process of implementation of the said restrictive measures by the relevant operators and can be found at the following link: http://eeas.europa.eu/cfsp/sanctions/consol-list_en.htm

§ The electronic link to the Official Journal of the EU, where all pertinent legal acts of the Council of the EU (i.e. Decisions and Regulations) are published and, in turn, constitute public information. It should be noted that the Official Journal of the EU is published (almost) daily and as of 01 July 2013, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No. 216/2013, the electronic version thereof is considered to be authentic and thus it produces legal results.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do?ihmlang=en (in English)
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do?ihmlang=el (in Greek)

§ The website of the EU where all the countries subject to EU restrictive measures are listed (including all the Decisions and Regulations concerning each and every one of the sanctioned countries):

http://eeas.europa.eu/cfsp/sanctions/index_en.htm

E. Competent Authorities in the Republic of Cyprus for the application and the monitoring of implementation of SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures

Regulations adopted by the Council of the EU concerning the implementation of EU restrictive measures provide for the execution of certain tasks by the competent Authorities of the EU Member States.

The competent Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus for the application and the monitoring of implementation of EU restrictive measures, depending on the subject-matter of each case at hand, are the following:


MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with regard to both SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures is, by-and-large, coordinative.

More specifically, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

(a) Is involved in the decision-making process leading to the adopting of restrictive measures at the level of the EU, but not in the context of the SC/UN. In the process of adopting the EU restrictive measures, it seeks the opinions and suggestions of relevant departments and authorities of the Republic in order to establish the national position on a given issue;
(b) Informs the relevant departments and authorities of the Republic of the adoption and/or amendment and or expiration of SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures;
(c) Conveys to the relevant SC/UN Sanctions Committees and EU institutions requests and / or queries by departments and authorities of the Republic;
(d) Conveys to the relevant SC/UN Sanctions Committees and EU institutions, where appropriate, requests for release of funds, either abroad or in the territory of the Republic, which are frozen because of SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures;
(e) Informs SC/UN Sanctions Committees and EU institutions of the application of derogations provided for in the Resolutions of the SC/UN and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU.
(f) Conveys to the relevant SC/UN Sanctions Committees and EU institutions, when required, reports and/or other information as to the implementation of sanctions/ restrictive measures;
(g) Is a Member to the Advisory Committee on Economic Sanctions, as per Council of Ministers Decision no. 72.222A dated 17 June 2011, as amended by Council of Ministers Decision dated 25 May 2012.

It must be noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is neither responsible for issuing approvals/licenses and/or official opinions/advice on sanctions’ issues, nor for interpreting the legal acts by which SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures are adopted.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Presidential Palace Avenue
1447, Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 651000
Fax: +357 22 661881
Email address: minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy
Website: http://www.mfa.gov.cy


LAW OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS)

- Competent authority for the implementation, in criminal cases, of requests for the release of certain frozen funds and financial resources which, inter alia, are subject to a judicial or administrative decision issued in the EU, or to a court judgment enforceable in the home Member State.
- Competent authority for the confiscation and repatriation of frozen funds and financial resources, if and as long as a related foreign court order has previously been issued, which is enforceable by a Cypriot court, and provided that the conditions set out in Part IV – International Co-operation of The Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Laws of 2007-2013 are met.
- Competent authority for the notification of decisions/judgments of the courts of the Republic of Cyprus concerning violations and issues with the implementation of the EU restrictive measures and the sanctions of the SC/UN, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the competent Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where such notification is provided for in the relevant Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Competent authority for providing relevant information, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the competent Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where such notification is provided for in the relevant Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- MOKAS also participates in the Advisory Committee for the release of funds from sanctions pursuant to the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council.
- Member of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.

The Unit for Combating Money Laundering
Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus
Address: PO Box 23768, 1686 Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22 446 021
Fax: +357 22 317 063
Email Address: mokas@mokas.law.gov.cy, epanayiotou@mokas.law.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.law.gov.cy/mokas

CENTRAL BANK OF CYPRUS

- Joint competent authority for the implementation of financial and credit restrictions and relevant exemptions.
- Competent authority for monitoring and supervision of the activities of credit institutions, including cooperative credit institutions, payment institutions and electronic money institutions, which are subject to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus, for the purpose of implementing the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Competent authority for the transfer of funds, and for applications and notifications of the granting of licenses with respect to such transfers of funds, which fall within the scope of the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Competent authority for the transmission (electronic or otherwise) of funds, and for applications and notifications of the granting of licenses with respect to such transmissions of funds, which fall within the scope of the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Competent authority for the implementation of the exemptions/deviations from the restrictions and prohibitions that fall within its competence, as these are provided in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Competent authority for updating, notifying and providing relevant information, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the competent Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where this is provided for in the relevant Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Member of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.


Central Bank of Cyprus

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Compliance
Address: PO Box 25529, 1395 Nicosia, Cyprus

Contact Telephone: +357 22 714 300, 22 714358
Fax: +357 22 374 940
Email Address: BSRD.compliance@centralbank.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.centralbank.gov.cy/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1&lang=gr


MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions

- The Ministry of Finance chairs the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions which examines requests for the release of funds and financial resources which fall within the exemptions/deviations provided for in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures). After examining the requests, it provides relevant opinions and recommendations to the Minister of Finance who, as President of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, takes the final decision as to the approval or not of the release. The constitution (competent authorities and departments) and the role of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions are set out in the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.
- Competent authority for the notification of the granting of a license or the intention to grant a license and of the approval of a request or the intention to approve a request, with respect to the release of funds and financial resources, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the competent Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where such notification is provided for in the relevant Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of SC/UN (sanctions), and for providing relevant information.

Ministry of Finance
Address: Corner of Michael Karaoli & Gregori Afxentiou 1439, Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22 601 172
Fax: +357 22 602 748
Email Address: registry@mof.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.mof.gov.cy

Customs and Excise Department

- Joint competent authority for carrying out checks at entry and exit points of the Republic of Cyprus, at customs precincts and generally within the customs territory, to persons, baggage, goods and means of transport for the detection of trading/transport of goods, materials and technologies whose transfer, import and/or export is prohibited pursuant to the sanctions of the SC/UN and the restrictive measures of the EU.
- Competent authority prohibiting the provision of fuel supply services or any other service, within its competence, to vessels and aircraft.
- Joint competent authority for carrying out checks on vessels and aircraft, if there is information that their cargo contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU.
- Joint competent authority for the seizure, detention, removal, disposal or any other relevant action provided for in the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions), of cargo that contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU.
- Competent authority for the implementation of the obligation to collect additional information and data before arrival and before departure of goods that enter into the customs territory of the EU or exit from it, where this is required by the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Competent authority for the implementation of the exemptions/deviations from the restrictions that fall within its competence, as these are provided in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).

Ministry of Finance
Customs and Excise Department
Address: Corner of Michael Karaoli & Gregori Afxentiou 1439, Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22 601 705, 22 60 16 70, 22 60 16 80
Fax: +357 22 302 018
Email Addresses: headquarters@customs.mof.gov.cy; andronikou@customs.mof.gov.cy; sconstantinou@customs.mof.gov.cy; rconstantinou@customs.mof.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.mof.gov.cy/ce

Insurance Companies Control Service

- Competent authority for the supervision of insurance/reinsurance undertakings and the operations of natural and legal persons engaged in insurance or reinsurance operations or settlement or mediation, and for ensuring compliance with their relevant obligations that arise from the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Competent authority for the implementation of the exemptions/deviations from the restrictions that fall within its competence, as these are provided in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).


MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR

Civil Registry and Migration Department

- Joint competent authority for the updating of the data base with respect to persons who are named in the appendices of the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and are subject to restrictions of entry and transit within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus or transit through it (STOP LIST).

Ministry of the Interior
Civil Registry and Migration Department
Address: 1457, Nicosia, Cyprus
Telephone: +357 22 804 405
Fax: +357 22 403 961
Email Address:
migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/crmd/crmd.nsf

Department of Lands and Surveys

- Competent authority for the implementation of the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU relating to immovable property that is owned by or connected in any way with natural and/or legal entities whose financial resources have been frozen pursuant to the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the UN Security Council (sanctions) and Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).

Ministry of the Interior
Headquarters of the Department of Lands and Surveys
Address: 29 Michalakopoulou, 1455 Nicosia, Cyprus

Telephone: +357 22 804 900, 22 804 817
Fax: +357 22 804 928
Email Address:
ccharalambous@dls.moi.gov.cy
Website:
http://www.moi.gov.cy/dls


MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKS

Department of Merchant Shipping

- Joint competent authority for the implementation of the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU concerning the maritime transport sector and particularly the measures related to the vessels registered under the Cyprus flag.
- Competent authority for the application of restrictions/prohibitions to the transport of cargo by vessels registered under the Cyprus flag of items of which the supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU
- Competent authority for the application of restrictions/prohibitions to the transport by vessels registered under the Cyprus flag of cargo belonging to or connected in any way with natural or legal persons, whose names are listed in the annexes of the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the UN Security Council (sanctions) and Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Competent authority for the application of restrictions/prohibitions in the provision of flagging services by vessels in the Register of Cyprus Ships (registration/deletion/ transfer of ownership).
- Competent authority for updating and notifying information, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the relevant Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where this is provided for in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures), in relation to the change of name and/or the ownership status of vessels registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships which are owned or controlled by natural or legal persons, who are listed in the annexes to Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Joint competent authority for the administration of vessels under the Cyprus flag and their financial resources, if these are owned or controlled by natural or legal persons, who are listed in the annexes of the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).


Ministry of Communications and Works
Department of Merchant Shipping
Address: Killinis Street, Mesa Gitonia, 4007, Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 25 848 100
Fax number: +357 25 848 200
Email Address: maritimeadmin@dms.mcw.gov.cy
Website: http://www.shipping.gov.cy

Department of Civil Aviation

- Competent authority for the implementation of the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU regarding the air traffic services sector.
- Competent authority for issuing licenses, being updated, coordinating and directing aircrafts, civil and/or other, for overflying from the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus and/or the whole airspace of the Nicosia Flight Information Region (NICOSIA FIR).
- Competent authority for issuing landing/take-off permissions to civil and/or other aircrafts, Cypriot or foreign, that use the airports of the Republic of Cyprus.
- Competent authority for issuing licenses/permissions to Cypriot or foreign air carriers for the exercise of commercial rights (e.g. passengers, cargo), from/to the airports of the Republic of Cyprus.

Ministry of Communications and Works
Central Offices of Department of Civil Aviation
Address: Pindarou Street 27, Alpha Business Center, 1429 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 404 122, 22 404 136
Fax number: +357 22 766 547
Email Addresses: mioannou@dca.mcw.gov.cy, sstephanou@dca.mcw.gov.cy
Website: http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/DCA/DCA.nsf


MINISTRY OF ENERGY, COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM

Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver

- Competent authority (Companies Section) for the registration, follow-up, control and striking-off of domestic companies, overseas companies, partnerships and business names.
- Competent authority for the receipt and administration of assets of insolvent natural and legal persons. The legal counsel of the Bankruptcies and Liquidations Section deal with the necessary court proceedings for the implementation of the procedure of bankruptcy or liquidation.
- Member of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.


Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
Address: Corner of Makarios III Avenue & Karpenisiou Street, “XENIOS” Building, 1427 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 404 301, 22 404 302
Fax number: +357 22 304 887
Email Addresses: deptcomp@drcor.mcit.gov.cy, eterion@drcor.mcit.gov.cy
Website: http://www.mcit.gov.cy/drcor

Trade Services (Imports/Exports Licensing Section)

- Competent authority for export control for dual-use goods, arms and military equipment.
- Member of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Trade Services (Imports/Exports Licensing Section)
Address: 6 Andrea Araouzou Street, 1421 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 867 100, 22 867 332, 22 867 197
Fax number: +357 22 375 120, 22 375 443
Email Addresses: xxenopoulos@mcit.gov.cy , pevgeniou@mcit.gov.cy
Website: http://www.mcit.gov.cy/ts

Energy Service

- Competent authority for compliance with the international and European commitments of the Republic of Cyprus in the energy sector, which is satisfied by the compliance with the relevant obligations arising from the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).

Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Energy Service
Address: 6 Andrea Araouzou Street, 1421 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 867 100
Fax number: +357 22 375 120, 22 304 759
Email Addresses: perm.sec@mcit.gov.cy
Website: http://mcit.gov.cy/mcit/mcit.nsf/dmlenergyservice.gr

Ministry of Justice and Public Order

- Member of the Advisory Body on Financial Sanctions, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers, with number 72.222A and dated 17th June 2011, as amended by a subsequent Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 25th May 2012.

Ministry of Justice and Public Order
Address: 125 Athalassas Avenue, 1461 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 805 920/1
Fax number: +357 22 805 969
Email Address: registry@mjpo.gov.cy
Website: http://www.mjpo.gov.cy


CYPRUS POLICE

European Union and International Police Cooperation Directorate

- Competent directorate (point of contact) of the Cyprus Police for the coordination of the joint police departments on matters concerning the sanctions of the SC/UN and the restrictive measures of the EU.

Cyprus Police
Cyprus Police Headquarters
Contact number: +357 22 607 825
Fax number: +357 22 607 894
Email Address: euipcd@police.gov.cy
Website: http://www.police.gov.cy

Immigration Office, Cyprus Police Headquarters

- Joint competent authority for the implementation of the prohibitions/restrictions of entry and transit within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus or transit through it by persons who are named in the appendices of the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Joint competent authority for the updating of the data base with respect to persons who are named in the appendices of the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and are subject to restrictions of entry and transit within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus or transit through it (STOP LIST).

Cyprus Police
Immigration Office
Cyprus Police Headquarters
Contact number: +357 22 808 867
Fax number: +357 22 495 244
Email Address: aidhq.registry@police.gov.cy
Website: http://www.police.gov.cy

Police Border Marine, Cyprus Police

- Competent authority for the surveillance, within its competence, of passing boats and vessels if there is information that they contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU.
- Joint competent authority for the checking, within its competence, of passing boats and vessels if there is information that they contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU
- Joint competent authority for carrying out checks on boats and vessels during their arrival or anchoring in ports or anchorages of the Republic of Cyprus, if there is information that they contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU

Cyprus Police
Police Border Marine
Contact number: +357 25 805 350/1
Fax number: +357 25 805 614
Email Address: limmarine@police.gov.cy
Website: http://www.police.gov.cy

Directorate of Airports Security, Cyprus Police

- Joint competent authority for the carrying out of checks, within its competence, of passenger baggage and cargo, if there is information that they contain items whose supply, sale, transportation, transfer, import or export is prohibited under the sanctions of the SC/UN and of the restrictive measures of the EU

Cyprus Police
Directorate of Airports Security
Contact number: +357 24 804 674
Fax number: +357 25 804 695
Email Address: dasa@police.gov.cy
Website: http://www.police.gov.cy

CYPRUS PORTS AUTHORITY

- Competent authority for issuing licenses for arrivals and/or departures to vessels from the ports of the Republic of Cyprus.
- Competent authority for loading and unloading vessels, piloting/towing, handling of cargo, transshipment trade, the distribution of passengers and cession of licenses to third parties within the ports of the Republic of Cyprus.

Head Offices of Cyprus Ports Authority
Address: Kritis 23, 1061 Nicosia, Cyprus
P.O 22007, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus
Contact number: +357 22 817 200
Fax number: +357 22 765 420
Email Address: cpa@cpa.gov.cy
Website: http://www.cpa.gov.cy


CYPRUS SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

- Competent authority for supervising and regulating the operation of the Cyprus Stock Exchange and of other organised markets in the Republic and the transactions carried out in these markets;
- Competent authority for ensuring that the securities market under supervision are fully compliant with SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures;
- Competent authority for the implementation of the exemptions/deviations from the restrictions and prohibitions that fall within its competence, as these are provided in the relevant Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions) and the Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures).
- Competent authority for updating, notifying and providing relevant information, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the competent Sanctions Committees of the SC/UN and/or the competent authorities of the EU, where this is provided for in the relevant Decisions and Regulations of the EU Council (restrictive measures) and the Decisions/Resolutions of the SC/UN (sanctions).
- Is a Member to the Advisory Committee on Econοmic Sanctions, as per Council of Ministers Decision no. 72.222A dated 17 June 2011, as amended by Council of Ministers Decision dated 25 May 2012.

Cyprus Exchange and Securities Commission
27 Diagorou Str, 1097 Nicosia
PO Box 24996, 1306 Nicosia
Contact number: ++357 22506600
Fax number: +357 22506700
Email Address: info@cysec.gov.cy
Website: http://www.cysec.gov.cy/en-GB/home/


LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF CITIZENS

Regulations and Decisions adopted under the CFSP (autonomous restrictive measures and integration into EU Law of SC/UN sanctions) are in their entirety part of aquis and the binding and immediate application in the internal legal order of the EU Member States covers:

- EU territory where the acquis is applicable;
- The authorities and services of the Republic of Cyprus;
- Aircrafts or ships under the Cyprus flag;
- EU citizens;
- Companies and other legal persons, entities and organisations established under the laws of EU Member States and operating in EU territory, as well as everywhere that the acquis is applicable;
- Business and professional activities carried out in their entirety or in part within the EU.

In the Republic of Cyprus infringements of EU Regulations constitute a criminal offense and are dealt with on the basis of invoking Articles 136 and 137 of the Criminal Code (Chapter 154).
It must be underlined that it is the responsibility of every EU citizen to verify and ensure that their activities do not infringe and/or circumvent SC/UN sanctions and EU restrictive measures. Those wishing to do business in a country that is subject to restrictive measures are requested to contact the relevant departments and authorities of the Republic of Cyprus for more information and/or seek the advice of their legal counselors.



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