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EU Sanctions

Restrictive measures or sanctions are an essential tool of the EU‘s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). They are used by the European Union as part of an integrated and comprehensive policy approach, involving political dialogue, complementary efforts and the use of other instruments at its disposal.

Sanctions seek to bring about a change in the policy or conduct of those targeted, with a view to promoting the objectives of the CFSP. They can target:

  • governments of non-EU countries because of their policies;
  • entities (companies) providing the means to conduct the targeted policies;
  • groups or organisations such as terrorist groups;
  • individuals supporting the targeted policies, involved in terrorist activities, etc.

Key objectives when adopting sanctions are: safeguarding EU's values, fundamental interests, and security, preserving peace, consolidating and supporting democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principles of international law, and preventing conflicts and strengthening international security

All restrictive measures adopted by the EU are fully compliant with obligations under international law, including those pertaining to human rights and fundamental freedoms. EU sanctions are developed in such a way as to minimise adverse consequences for those not responsible for the policies or actions leading to the adoption of sanctions. In particular, the EU works to minimise the effects on the local civilian population and on legitimate activities in or with the country concerned.

Information on EU restrictive measures currently in force:

Information on EU sanctions policy

Frequently Asked Questions on EU restrictive measures

The competent authorities in Bulgaria for implementing restrictive measures (sanctions) regarding third countries

"National Coordination Group on the implementation of the restrictive measures of the European Union, according to the Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 789/20.10.2022, composing of:

 Chairperson and National Coordinator: Deputy Minister of Finance

 Deputy Chairpersons:

 - Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry

 - Deputy Minister of Energy


 - Deputy Ministers from all the Ministries in Bulgaria

 - Deputy Chairman of the State Agency "National Security"

 - The Executive Director of the Public Procurement Agency

 - Deputy Director of the Customs Agency

 - Representatives of the competent national authorities for the implementation of the restrictive measures of the European Union.


Ministry of Finance

102 G. S. Rakovski St

1040 Sofia

Tel.: +359 2 9859 1

Fax: +359 2 980 68 63



With regards to deliveries and sells of dual-use goods, weaponry, and military materials:

Ministry of Economy and Industry
Interministerial Commission for Export Control and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
8, Slavyanska Str., Sofia 1052, Bulgaria
tel.: +359 2 9407771 (7681)
fax: +359 2 9880727

With regards to financial sanctions under the Measures against financing terrorism act, travel restrictions, antiproliferation

State Agency for National Security
45 “Cherni Vrah” Blvd.
1407 Sofia
fax: (02) 963 21 88
fax: (02) 814 74 41
[email protected]

With regards to travel restrictions:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
Aleksander Zhendov str. 2
1040 Sofia
National Visa Center
Tel.: +359 2 948 23 65
Fax.: +359 2 971 28 42
[email protected]

With regards to customs control:

Ministry of Finance
Customs Agency
G. S. Rakovsky Str. 47
1202 Sofia
Tel.: +359 2 9859 4210; 2 9859 4213

Restrictions in transport – sea and air transport:

Ministry of Transport and Communication
Agency ‘Maritime Administration’
"Dyakon Ignatiy" 9
1000, Sofia
Tel.: +359 2 930 03 10
Fax: +359 2 930 03 20

Ministry of Transport and Communication
Directorate General ‘Civil Aviation Administration’
"Dyakon Ignatiy" 9
1000, Sofia
Tel.: +359 2 930 10 47
Fax: +359 2 980 53 37

Ministry of Transport and Communication

„Railway Administration" Executive Agency                                                                                                                                5 Gen. Iosif Gurko Str.                                                                                                                                                            1000 Sofia                                                                                                                                                                       Тел.: +359 2 9 409 428                                                                                                                                                    Fax: +359 2 987 67 69


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