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COMET: New Council working party for terrorist listing and sanctions
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A new working party within the Council of the EU with the acronym COMET has been set up to "examine and evaluate information" and "make recommendations" regarding persons and groups to be placed on the EU's terrorist lists, in line with EU legislation. The meetings of the group will be held in secret, and dates, agendas and organisational details of meetings will be classified as RESTREINT/RESTRICTED.

See: Fight against the financing of terrorism - Establishment of a Council Working Party on restrictive measures to combat terrorism (COMET WP) (14612/1/16 REV 1, pdf)

And an earlier, LIMITE, version: Establishment of a Council Working Part on restrictive measures to combat terrorism (COMET WP) (14612/16, pdf)

The document sets out the full name (Working Party on restrictive measures to combat terrorism or COMET), mandate, practical arrangements and working methods of the group. With regard to mandate, it says:

"The terms of reference of the "COMET WP" are to:

- examine and evaluate information with a view to listing and de-listing of persons, groups, undertakings and entities , as well as assess whether the information available meets the criteria set out in Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism and Articles 2(2) and 3(3) and (4) of Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 (EU autonomous restrictive measures against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida);

- make recommendations for listings and de-listings under Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and Articles 2(2) and 3(3) and (4) of Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 to be reflected in the necessary proposals for legal acts from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR) or by a Member State which will be examined by the Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Party (RELEX) and endorsed by the Permanent Representatives Committee with a view to their adoption by the Council; and

- prepare the regular review of the lists as foreseen respectively in Article 1(6) of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and in Article 6(2) of Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693;

- assess the impact and functioning of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP and Council Decision 2016/1693/CFSP and suggest, as appropriate, possible improvements."

Historical background: Statewatch Observatory on: "Terrorist" lists: monitoring proscription, designation and asset-freezing

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