Extracts from the press briefing by Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the Judgement of the Court of Justice of the EC in the cases Yassin Abdullah Kadi and Al Barakaat International Foundation / Council and EC

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-058800   Duration: 10:13:10  Lieu:
End production: 03/09/2008   First transmission: 03/09/2008
The European Commission welcomed, on 3 September 2008, the ruling of the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EC to unfreeze the assets of a Saudi businessman and a Sweden-based charity suspected of funding al-Qaeda terror groups. Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, told journalists that the Commission shared the Court's view that the Community powers under the Treaty are sufficient to adopt effective measures against individuals with presumed links to international terrorism. She added that, while the Court found several violations of fundamental human rights, it maintained the effect of the regulation for three months, and that the Commission would now work together with the Community institutions to find a general framework how to establish sufficient mechanisms in which targeted persons can be heard and effective judicial review can be exercised by Community courts. The Court of Justice of the EC ruled on 3 September 2008 that the European Union had violated the rights of two suspected al-Qaeda affiliates by freezing their assets without first informing them that they had been blacklisted as terror suspects. However, the Court acknowledged that the suspects could have avoided punishment if they had been warned in advance by the authorities. It therefore agreed to maintain the asset freeze for "no more than three months" in order to give the EU time to "remedy the infringements found".

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10:11:25 Title 00:00:04
10:11:30 Exterior view of the European Commission building 00:00:06
10:11:36 General view of the EC press briefing 00:00:06
10:11:42 Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission welcomes the finding of the European Court of Justice that the Community may exercise its powers under the Treaty to adopt targeted sanctions against individuals; it shares the view of the Court that the Community powers under the Treaty are sufficient to adopt effective measures against individuals with presumed links to international terrorism; the European Commission notes that, while the Court found several violations of fundamental human rights, it maintains the effect of the regulation for three months; the Commission will now work together with the Community institutions to find a general framework how to establish sufficient mechanisms in which targeted persons can be heard and effective judicial review can be exercised by Community courts; the Commission considers that it can draw inspiration from the improvements made with respect to autonomous EU sanctions in the aftermath of the Court's judgement; they of course count on the cooperation of the United Nations with respect to evidence assembled at UN level against the listed persons in order to be able to satisfy the Court's requirements for due process and effective judicial review (2 shots) 00:01:28
10:13:10 Cutaways of press (2 shots) 00:00:13
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