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  • INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS

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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinates issues related to imposing and implementing international sanctions.

    The Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also in the chair of the Inter-ministerial Group for International Sanctions established under the Prime Minister’s Resolution No. 117 of 14 October 2003 on establishing the Inter-ministerial Group for International Sanctions.


    The implementation of sanctions

    In the Republic of Poland, there is no single general and comprehensive law governing the implementation of international sanctions. Sanctions are implemented by means of sector-specific laws (e.g. the Act of 29 November 2000 on the Trading of Goods, Technology and Services of Strategic Importance to the State Security as well as to the Maintenance of International Peace and Security), which create the grounds for the activities undertaken by competent ministers or institutions.

    From 1st of May 2004, restrictive measures which are in competence of the European Communities are implemented by means of the EU Council regulations (EU sanctions and the relevant documents are listed at: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/external_relations/cfsp/sanctions/index.htm). The restrictive measures imposed by virtue of legal regulations are directly applicable in the Member States, i.e. both public authority bodies and private entities are obliged to implement them. Thus, the EU sanctions referring to the freezing of assets should be directly implemented by the relevant institutions (e.g. banks).

    In order to facilitate the execution of commitments arising out of the applicable legal regulations, the European Commission together with the European Banking Federation, European Savings Banks Group, European Association of Co-operative Banks and European Association of Public Banks established the list of entities covered by the financial sanctions of the Community (available at: http://europa.eu.int./comm/external_relations/cfsp/sanctions/list/consol-list.htm).

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