SIFMANet Summit: Making Sanctions Work

Shortcomings in the implementation of sanctions against Russia pose a security challenge to the EU, making the closing of loopholes a key objective for 2023. Encouraging third countries to adhere to measures against Russia remains a challenge, too. How can the EU and its member states address weak sanctions implementation?

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locationPress Club Brussels Europe | Online


07:45 - 11:00 (GMT) | 08:45 - 12:00 (CET)

To help strengthen the EU’s resilience, the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI, in collaboration with RUSI Europe, is leading the SIFMANet network of European research institutions. Supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the network has organised a series of expert meetings in European capitals with government officials, the banking sector, NGOs, and academics, to exchange on implementation challenges and explore policy solutions.

The SIFMANet Summit on 9 March will convene the network’s experts from across Europe to address the challenges of effective implementation of sanctions against Russia, by exchanging best practices and examining viable solutions on national and European levels. Building on the expert discussions, the SIFMANet network will also present the SIFMANet Principles, a written proposal for EU member state policymakers to design more effective sanctions and illicit finance responses.

Join the SIFMANet Summit at the Press Club Brussels Europe or online on 9 March 2023, 08:45-14:00, (CET) to learn more about how to address the national security threats posed by illicit finance and weak sanctions implementation.

Event recording

Watch the livestream below.


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    Welcome coffee

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    First Discussion Panel: Sanctions against Russia: Assessing the Status Quo

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    Presentation: A Case Study of Russia’s Procurement Network: The Orlan Complex

    Presentation by Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA), RUSI

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    Second Discussion Panel: Easier Said Than Done - How to Maximise the Impact of Sanctions

Please note that the summit will start at 7:45 am GMT

How to attend

This is a hybrid event taking place at the Press Club Brussels Europe, 95 Rue Froissart 1000 Bruxelles, and online.

Register here for the SIFMANet Summit to attend in person or online.

European Sanctions and Illicit Finance Monitoring and Analysis Network (Euro SIFMANet)

Euro SIFMANet brings together European research institutions to raise awareness and inform policymaking against the illicit financial flows that continue to undermine our democracies.

In collaboration with

  • RUSI Europe

    Based in Brussels, RUSI Europe builds on the Royal United Services Institute’s almost 200 years of expertise in security and defence. We carry out research, provide a forum for security and defence dialogues, and are committed to help solve the most urgent security and defence challenges. Our mission is to leverage the Institute’s research capacities to inform policy-making at the EU, NATO and among their member states.

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Project sponsor

  • National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

    The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries.

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