Discrimination of persons with Russian nationality residing in the EU? | sanction rules of 8 April 2022

If you have the Russian nationality and live in the EU, can you participate in European tenders?
The consequence of the new article 5k of the regulation of 8 April 2022 – amending the regulation concerning Rusland sanctions (Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014) – could be that this is not possible:

(23) the following Articles are inserted:

‘Article 5k
1. It shall be prohibited to award or continue the execution of any public or concession contract falling within the scope of the public procurement Directives, as well as Article 10, paragraphs 1, 3, 6(a) to 6(e), 8, 9 and 10, Articles 11, 12, 13 and 14 of Directive 2014/23/EU, Article 7 and 8, Article 10 (b) to (f) and (h) to (j) of Directive 2014/24/EU, Article 18, Article 21 (b) to (e) and (g) to (i), Articles 29 and 30 of Directive 2014/25/EU and Article 13 (a) to (d), (f) to (h) and (j) of Directive 2009/81/EC, to or with:
(a) a Russian national, or a natural or legal person, entity or body established in Russia; (…)

Curiously, other provisions of the 8 April regulation speak of Russian nationals “residing in Russia“, like in article 5b, paragraphs 1. and 2. and in article 5m, paragraph 1.
In paragraph 3. of article 5b there is an exemption for natural persons having a temporary or permanent residence permit in a Member State, in a country member of the European Economic Area or in Switzerland.

Why is article 5k paragraph 1. different? The wording is different from articles 5b and 5m. Or should we read article 5k meaning the same as articles 5b and 5m?

Is it intended in article 5k to discriminate against Russian nationals (in violation of EU’s own fundamental rights)? Is there anyone who can explain?


More information:

  • Council Regulation (EU) 2022/576 of 8 April 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine: general page.
  • Consolidated text of 13 April 2022 of the Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 of 31 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine.
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/578 of 8 April 2022 amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine: general page, EN version

Over Ellen Timmer, advocaat ondernemingsrecht @Pellicaan

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