The European Union has withdrawn the sanctions against the circle of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which were aimed at pursuing the misappropriation of public property in Egypt.
After remaining in force for ten years, the EU Council has decided to dismantle the sanctioning framework and has lifted the measures against nine people from the circle of the former president, who died in 2020, it said in a statement.
Approved in 2011 in the middle of the Arab Spring, the European sanctions affected 19 people, including relatives and political allies of Mubarak, and sought to help the Egyptian authorities to recover the funds usurped by the leader.
According to the latest annual review of the measures, the EU has decided to conclude the sanctions regime on the understanding that it has fulfilled its objective. According to the statement, “EU sanctions are not punitive and seek to bring about positive changes in the countries concerned”, assuring that the sanctions regime has helped to promote the objectives of the Brussels-Cairo partnership.