Key facts of the case:
- In the wake of the political events which took place in Egypt in and after January 2011, the Council of the European Union adopted, on 21 March 2011, citing Article 29 TEU, Decision 2011/172/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Egypt (OJ 2011 L 76, p. 63) (‘Decision 2011/172’).
- Recitals 1 and 2 in the preamble to Decision 2011/172 state:
‘(1) On 21 February 2011, the European Union declared its readiness to support the peaceful and orderly transition to a civilian and democratic government in Egypt based on the rule of law, with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and to support efforts to create an economy which enhances social cohesion and promotes growth.
(2) In this context, restrictive measures should be imposed against persons having been identified as responsible for misappropriation of Egyptian State funds and who are thus depriving the Egyptian people of the benefits of the sustainable development of their economy and society and undermining the development of democracy in the country.’
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
THE GENERAL COURT (Third Chamber) hereby:
- Dismisses the action;
- Orders Mr Ahmed Abdelaziz Ezz, Ms Abla Mohammed Fawzi Ali Ahmed, Ms Khadiga Ahmed Ahmed Kamel Yassin and Ms Shahinaz Abdel Azizabdel Wahab Al Naggar to bear their own costs and, in addition, to pay the costs incurred by the Council of the European Union;
- Orders the European Commission to bear its own costs.