Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson of the EC, on European Court of Justice judgment T-400/10 Hamas v Council
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 17 December 2014, Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS), made a statement during the EC Midday press briefing on European Court of Justice judgment T-400/10 Hamas v Council.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Soundbite by Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS), (in ENGLISH): If you allow me I will start with your second question regarding today's judgement by the General Court of the EU that decided to announce measures against Hamas namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization and the freezing of Hamas' funds. We will actually release a statement on this but I will walk you through what the statement says. We have taken note of this judgement and we respect the General Court of the European Union's judgement but this legal ruling is clearly based on procedural grounds and it does not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive reasons for the designation of Hamas. It is a legal ruling of the Court, not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The EU continues to uphold the Quartet principles. As the next steps, the EU institutions are studying carefully the ruling and will decide on the options open to them. They will, in due course, take appropriate remedial action, including for example any eventual appeal to the ruling. In case of an appeal the restrictive measures remain in place and you know that the period of appeal is 2 months and 10 days and also during this time the measures remain in place.