EU countries decided to impose new sanctions on 22 individuals and 8 institutions, because of what they called "the continuing acts of repression", and they will be officially effective starting Monday.
The French news agency (AFP) quoted a European diplomat "As long as what he called ‘oppression’ continues, we will tighten our procedures."
The sanctions was adopted by diplomats representing the countries of the European Union in the Belgian capital Brussels, where the sanctions to be adopted officially next Monday, during a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
The European Union stepped up its sanctions on the oil sector in Syrialast month, adding to the black list a number of companies, including General Petroleum Company, which oversees the trade and oil exploration in the context of international efforts to pressure the Syrian government, after sanctions issued by U.SA and European states to ban the import of Syrian crude oil and the prohibition of future investment in this sector.
The EU announced imposed last November new sanctions on Syria by freezing assets and travel ban on new group of Syrian individuals because of what they called "the responsibility for human rights violations", in addition to stopping the investments of European investments bank in Syria.
The EU also applied an arms embargo and a ban on deliveries of oil and prevent new investments in the oil sector, as well as to denying a large number of Syrian officials the ability to obtain visas to the EU and freezed their assets.
Several Western nations as well as the Arab League have recently issued a package of sanctions against Syria, while Syrian official sources indicated that the sanctions are not directed against Syrian people.