The Council of the European Union has adopted a decision and a regulation imposing the freezing of assets owned or controlled by persons deemed to be responsible for the misappropriation of state funds in Tunisia and persons associated with them.
The decision and the regulation, which target a list of 48 persons, including former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, were published on 5 February 2011 in the EU Official Journal. [OJ L 31, 5.2.2011, p. 40] The decision amends and updates decision 2011/72/CFSP, adopted on 31 January.
At its meeting on 31 January, the Council expressed solidarity and support for Tunisians in their efforts to put in place a stable democracy, the rule of law and democratic pluralism with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
It welcomed the creation of a high commission for political reform and national commissions to investigate the violence that took place during recent demonstrations and to investigate corruption.