HL Deb 25 November 1999 vol 607 c13WA
Baroness Gould of Potternewton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any changes to the EU oil embargo against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. [HL82]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

On 1.5 November, the Council of the European Union adopted EC Regulation 2421/1999, which amends EC Regulation 2111/1999 prohibiting the sale and supply of petroleum and petroleum products to certain parts of the FRY.

The regulation provides for member states to authorise the sale, supply or export of such goods provided that it takes place within the framework of the Energy for Democracy initiative to provide Serbian municipalities with energy, and that conclusive evidence has been presented to member states' authorities that the end-users or final destinations are the municipalities listed in an annex to the regulation.

The regulation entered into force on 16 November 1999 and is directly applicable in the UK. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) (Penalties and Licences) (No. 3) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2821) came into force on 14 October 1999 and provide for licensing and enforcement, including penalties.