Your Blog on Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Author

Olivier Coulon

Olivier Coulon has 9 articles published.

Olivier Coulon
Olivier joined Loyens & Loeff’s VAT, Customs & International Trade Practice Group as an associate in 2016. He advises clients on indirect tax matters, as well as on different issues of international trade, in particular export control and trade sanctions. Prior to joining Loyens & Loeff, Olivier worked for an international law firm located in Brussels. He is a member of the Brussels Bar since 2014. Education LL.M Degree, University of Cambridge, UK, 2014 Master’s Degree in law, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, 2013 Languages Dutch, English, French, Spanish

Belgian companies brought to Court for illegal exports of chemicals to Syria

The Belgian customs authorities are suing three Belgian companies before the Criminal Court of Antwerp for what appears to be serious infringements of the restrictive measures imposed on Syria. The three companies concerned are all parties involved in the supply chain of a deal in chemical products: the producer, the company handling the administrative aspects of the transaction, and the… Keep Reading

EU Commission issues notice to stakeholders on impact of Brexit

On 25 January 2018, the EU Commission issued a notice regarding the impact of Brexit on future movements of controlled goods. By Olivier Coulon, 26 January 2018 In its notice, the EU Commission recalls that, unless an agreement would provide for another date, the United Kingdom shall be treated as a third country as from 30 March 2019. The impact… Keep Reading

Dual-use application of Key Enabling Technologies

A recent study report (accessible here), originally ordered by EASME (the European Executive Agency for SMEs), addresses the dual-use potential of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The report deserves the particular attention of SMEs involved in KET research and development, because the dual-use potential of these technologies, if realized, is likely to bring the activities of these SMEs within the scope… Keep Reading

Recast of the EU Dual-Use Regulation Part II – an Ambitious Draft

In 2014, the EU Commission announced its intention to recast Regulation 428/2009 (“the Dual-use Regulation”), triggering a long process of internal discussion and public consultation. The project now seems to have reached a milestone with a draft proposal from the Commission. In particular, as explained in a previous post, the leaked document foresees the inclusion of a human rights factor… Keep Reading

EU renews its economic sanctions against Russia, despite growing opposition

On 1 July 2016, the EU Council renewed the economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, until 31 January 2017. The so-called “phase 3 sanctions”, which were adopted on 31 July 2014 and due to expire on 31 July 2016, specifically target Russia’s financial sector, by limiting the access to capital markets of its major financial institutions. The… Keep Reading

Brexit : what now ?

The referendum held on the 23th of June 2016 and the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will have an important impact on trade and compliance in the next few years. The European industry already dealing with complicated sanctions regimes and export controls rules will now also have to cope with relative uncertainty as regards the… Keep Reading

Go to Top