EU Sanctions Essentials | Certificate Course - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists



Entry Level and Intermediate

Core Lessons for EU Sanctions

Avoid costly penalties by learning vital principles. Familiarize yourself with the Blocking Statute. Anyone trading globally and with EU companies will benefit from EU Essentials. The course comprises around 7 training hours across 4 weeks online. Each lesson provides you with vital preparation for EU sanctions.

Extensive Course Content for Full EU Compliance –
Proper Sanctions Training Structured for Easy Learning

7 CSS CE Credits

Valid for CSS Accreditation

Digital Certificate

You’ll start with the basics

Your education begins with learning the basics of EU sanctions and progressing to reading assignments in preparation for one of two 90-minute online, interactive classes.

You’ll get a thorough grounding

The first class gives you a thorough grounding in EU policy from enactment to administration, the categories of restrictive measures, key programs and an analysis of the Blocking Statute. The second class discusses listing and delisting, member states’ own lists, exemptions with case studies, risk management, and other topics, all guiding you on the creation of your own sanctions compliance program.

You’ll develop your understanding

We’ll elaborate on EU guidance, explain the 50 percent rule,and cover freezing of funds and economic resources. You will experience Q&A sessions, student polls, and practice questions prepared so that you understand all aspects of EU compliance before your one-hour exam of multiple-choice questions.

Only part of what you will know
by the end of the course…

  • The anatomy of an EU sanctions regime and how it is implemented.
  • The listing process and decisions of the Council. Where to find the list. The delisting process.
  • Member statesown lists.
  • Who must comply?
  • EU Policy and Legal Authorities of Restrictive Measures, Art. 29 TEU and 215 TFEU, plus CFSP.
  • Sources of EU sanctions: autonomous vs. UNSC-based.
  • Due Diligence/Ownership and Control.
  • Circumvention and how to prevent it.
  • Key programs, such as Iran and Russia. Recent guidance.
  • How to obtain licenses.
  • Enforcement at the state level.
  • Important concepts or terms used throughout EU-administered sanctions programs.

How is it structured?

Self-paced e-learning course (40 minutes): EU Sanctions Foundations

Reading Assignment (30 minutes)

Virtual Classroom #1: EU Sanctions: Policy, Legal Authorities, and Core Concepts (90 minutes)

Reading Assignment (30 minutes)

Virtual Classroom #2: EU Sanctions Compliance/Risk Management and Enforcement (90 minutes)

Case Study (30 minutes)

Final assessment (45 minutes)

ACSS Virtual Learning


Who Should Take the EU Sanction Course?

ANYONE requiring knowledge of the prime elements of EU sanctions rules and regulations needs to look no further than EU Essentials. This course has been constructed to keep businesses and those acting for them compliant while focusing precisely on the information needed. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from accountants and lawyers to compliance officers and businessmen seeking help with EU compliance.

Your background is not as important as your need to learn the essential information to keep on the right side of the law. We’re here to help you.

Most Practical, Recognized EU Sanctions Course at the Best Price

Upcoming Course Schedule

2024 Fall Session

  • 1st Virtual Classroom: Nov. 13, 2024 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (NYC)
  • 2nd Virtual Classroom: Nov. 20, 2024 -8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (NYC)

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Instruction from TOP Practitioners

Course Instructor

Sebastiaan Bennink

Sebastiaan is a partner at BenninkAmar. This boutique firm ranks among the absolute top of legal professionals in the Netherlands, handling issues of economic sanctions and export controls, financial, economic and other trade law related matters.

Sebastiaan has extensive experience in advising and assisting (multinational) companies when doing business in sanctioned countries, including Cuba, Iran, Syria and Russia. Sebastiaan also has successfully represented his clients in administrative, criminal and private law matters and related procedures in the area of sanctions and export controls. He also frequently assists his clients with their trade compliance related issues and is very experienced in conducting internal (fraud)investigations, preparing voluntary disclosures and assisting clients in matters initiated by national and international authorities (VS, UK, EU en NL).

Course Instructor

Martijn Feldbrugge

Martijn Feldbrugge is a consultant based in Munich Germany who supports financial institutions and businesses with their international trade and finance regarding the risk management of international sanctions laws and regulations. He has worked as a senior sanctions officer at a Dutch Bank.

Course Instructor

Ian Matthews

Ian is Principal Consultant at Fairgreen Consulting, an independent advisory and training partner committed to ensuring clients’ businesses are in best shape to face the rising pressure of economic and trade sanctions.

With a background in international financial services across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Ian now provides consulting and training services to organisations and businesses looking to enhance their sanctions compliance. He has an established background in implementing pragmatic yet effective compliance programmes, policies and practice.

He has strong sector knowledge of financial services, transport and international physical trade. Ian has spoken regularly at international conferences and has delivered training to global audiences on behalf of clients.