• 3 minutes 2nd Annual Great Oil Price Prediction Challenge of 2019
  • 6 minutes "Leaked" request by some Democrats that they were asking Nancy to coordinate censure instead of impeachment.
  • 11 minutes Trump's China Strategy: Death By a Thousand Paper Cuts
  • 14 minutes Democrats through impeachment process helped Trump go out of China deal conundrum. Now Trump can safely postpone deal till after November 2020 elections
  • 2 hours Shale Oil Fiasco
  • 35 mins USA v China. Which is 'best'?
  • 20 mins Everything you think you know about economics is WRONG!
  • 1 day Judiciary impeachment: Congressman says Sean Misko, Abigail Grace and unnamed 3rd (Ciaramella) need to testify.
  • 1 day Tesla Launches Faster Third Generation Supercharger
  • 9 hours Quotes from the Widowmaker
  • 18 hours Wonders of US Shale: US Shale Benefits: The U.S. leads global petroleum and natural gas production with record growth in 2018
  • 1 day Offshore is changing
  • 2 days READ: New Record Conoco Eagleford Vintage 5 wells, their 5th generation Test Wells . . Shale going bust . . . LAUGHABLE
  • 15 hours True Confessions of a Billionaire
Energy Digital

Energy Digital

Energy Digital is a leading digital media source of news and content for C-level executives focused on business and all aspects of managing the environment.…

More Info

Premium Content

Mounting Pressure on Assad as European Union Bans Syrian Oil Imports

The European Union (EU) bans oil imports from Syria in response to President Bashar Assad's civilian killings, costing Syria millions per day.

Following the reported killing of 13 civilian protesters, the European Union (EU) has decided to ban imports of Syrian oil.  Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has been murdering civilians since the outset of the uprising five months ago, and apparently Europe has had enough.  The ban will drain the regime of millions of dollars per day in oil revenues.

The United Nations (UN) estimates that 2,200 people have been killed since the uprising in Syria began.  Most recently, protesters have been marching under the slogan, “Death Rather Than Humiliation.”  While the protesters have typically sought peaceful anti-regime demonstrations, they have faced an onslaught of bullets from government forces.  Recent weeks have marked a shift in that sentiment, however, as protesters are now calling on their fellow Syrians to take up arms and inviting foreign military aid to defeat Assad’s regime.

Damascus earns about 28 percent of its total revenue from selling oil to countries like France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.  Syria exports roughly 150,000 barrels of oil per day, mostly to Europe.  The country earned a total of 3.1 billion euros ($4.4 billion) selling oil to the EU in 2010, accounting for 1.5 percent of the EU’s total crude imports that year.

“The impact of the ban in terms of EU oil supply is very minimal, but the impact on the financing of the Syrian regime is quite substantial,” says EU trade spokesman John Clancy.

However, with Syria’s regime reportedly receiving aid from Iran, analysts fear that sanctions alone will not be enough to coax a peaceful settlement to the protests.  The EU has also imposed bans on European banks from opening credit lines for Syrian oil sales and has prohibited European insurance companies from insuring Syrian cargo.

By. John Shimkus of Energy Digital




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play