The European Union entered Hamas on its blacklist in December, 2001
On Thursday, the European Justice cancelled, for procedural defects, the Hamas Palestinian movement’s registration on the EU list of terrorist organizations, while maintaining the freezing of the organization’s assets in Europe, AFP and Reuters reported.
The EU court said that this cancellation “does not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group”. The European Union entered Hamas on its blacklist in December, 2001.
The European Court of Justice stated that the contested measures are not based on an examination of the actions of Hamas, but on the accusations of the media and the Internet, Reuters noted. However, the court stated that it will maintain the effects of measures to ensure that any possible future freezing of funds will be effective.