S.I. No. 172/2019 - European Union (Restrictive Measures concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo) Regulations 2019


Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 26th April, 2019.

I, HEATHER HUMPHREYS, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 3 of the European Communities Act 1972 (No. 27 of 1972) and for the purpose of giving full effect to Council Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 of 18 July 20051 , as amended, hereby make the following regulations:

1. These Regulations may be cited as the European Union (Restrictive Measures concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo) Regulations 2019.

2. (1) In these Regulations -

“Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 of 18 July 20051 as amended by the European acts specified in Schedule 1;

“European act” means an act adopted by an institution of the European Union or an institution of the European Communities.

(2) A word or expression which is used in these Regulations and which is also used in the Council Regulation has, unless the context otherwise requires, the same meaning in these Regulations as it has in the Council Regulation.

3. (1) A person who contravenes a provision of the Council Regulation specified in Part 1 of Schedule 2 shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person who contravenes a condition of an authorisation granted under a provision of the Council Regulation specified in Part 2 of Schedule 2 shall be guilty of an offence.

4. A person who is guilty of an offence under Regulation 3 shall be liable

(a) on summary conviction, to a class A fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or

(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both.

5. A competent authority in the State, following such consultation as it considers necessary with other competent authorities, for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of the Council Regulation or these Regulations, may give in writing such directions to a person as it sees fit.

6. A person who fails to comply with a direction given under Regulation 5 within the time specified in the direction shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a class A fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.

7. Where an offence under these Regulations is committed by a body corporate and is proved to have been so committed with the consent or connivance of or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of any person, being a director, manager, secretary or other officer of the body corporate, or a person who was purporting to act in such capacity, that person shall, as well as the body corporate, be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he or she were guilty of the first-mentioned offence.

8. (1) Proceedings for an offence under these Regulations in relation to an act committed outside the State may be taken in any place in the State and the offence may for all incidental purposes be treated as having been committed in that place.

(2) Where a person is charged with an offence referred to in paragraph (1), no further proceedings in the matter (other than any remand in custody or on bail) may be taken except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(3) In proceedings for an offence referred to in paragraph (1),

(a) a certificate purporting to be signed by an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and stating that a passport was issued by that Department to a person on a specified date, and

(b) a certificate that is signed by an officer of the Minister for Justice and Equality and stating that, to the best of the officer’s knowledge and belief, the person has not ceased to be an Irish citizen,

is evidence that the person was an Irish citizen on the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed, and is taken to have been signed by the person purporting to have signed it, unless the contrary is shown.

(4) A person who has been acquitted or convicted of an offence in a place outside the State shall not be proceeded against for an offence under these Regulations in relation to an act committed outside the State consisting of the conduct, or substantially the same conduct, that constituted the offence of which the person has been acquitted or convicted.

9. European Union (Restrictive Measures concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 458 of 2018) are revoked.

Schedule 1

Council Regulation

1. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1824/2005 of 9 November 20052

2. Commission Regulation (EC) No 84/2006 of 18 January 20063

3. Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 of 20 November 20064

4. Commission Regulation (EC) No 201/2007 of 23 February 20075

5. Commission Regulation (EC) No 400/2007 of 12 April 20076

6. Commission Regulation (EC) No 933/2007 of 3 August 20077

7. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1096/2007 of 20 September 20078

8. Commission Regulation (EC) No 242/2009 of 20 March 20099

9. Commission Regulation (EU) No 1250/2010 of 22 December 201010

10. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1097/2011 of 25 October 201111

11. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 7/2012 of 5 January 201212

12. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1251/2012 of 20 December 201213

13. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 53/2013 of 22 January 201314

14. Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013 of 13 May 201315

15. Council Regulation (EU) No 521/2013 of 6 June 201316

16. Council Regulation (EU) No 271/2014 of 17 March 201417

17. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1275/2014 of 1 December 201418

18. Council Regulation (EU) 2015/613 of 20 April 201519

19. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/614 of 20 April 201520

20. Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1165 of 18 July 201621

21. Council Regulation (EU) 2016/2230 of 12 December 201622

22. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/199 of 6 February 201723

23. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/396 of 7 March 201724

24. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/904 of 29 May 201725

25. Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1326 of 17 July 201726

26. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/197 of 9 February 201827

27. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/569 of 12 April 201828

28. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1931 of 10 December 201829

Schedule 2

Part 1

Contravention of Provision of Council Regulation

Article 1a

Article 2

Article 6(1)

Article 7b

Part 2

Authorisation under Provision of Council Regulation

Article 1b

Article 3(1) or (2)

Article 4(1)

Article 4b(1)

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GIVEN under my Official Seal,

18 April 2019.

HEATHER HUMPHREYS

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

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