The governments of the countries of the European Union have approved a package of sanctions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, including a freeze on his assets as well as those of his family and government.
The decision was swiftly approved at a meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels.
The Hungarian Minister of National Development Tamás Fellegi said: “In line with Saturday’s decision by the [United Nations] Security Council, the Council of the EU banned the supply to Libya of arms, ammunition and related material. In addition to the UN measures, the Council also prohibited trade with Libya in equipment which might be used for internal repression.”
Europe went further than the UN also by extending the visa ban to 10 more individuals than the 16 on the UN list, and extending the asset freeze to 20 people in addition to Gaddafi and five family members. The measures are expected to take effect in the next few days, following formal publication in the EU’s official journal.