SIFMANet Summit: Making Sanctions Work

9 March 2023
08:30 - 12:30
Press Club Brussels Europe, 95 Rue Froissart 1000 Bruxelles

Making Sanctions Work: From Designation to Implementation and Enforcement

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?

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. 

At the event, SIFMANet members adopted the SIFMANet Recommendations, which you can read here.

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


8:30 – 9:00 Welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 Sanctions against Russia: Assessing the Status Quo
Moderator: Kinga Redlowska, CFCS Programme Manager, RUSI Europe

  • Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, Counsel, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Eva Kratochvílová, Head of Coordination Unit, Common Foreign and Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic
  • Alina Nedea, Head of Sanctions Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission

10:15 – 10:35 Coffee break

10:35 – 11:00 Tracking the Supply Chains of Russia’s Most Successful UAV
Presentation by Jack Crawford, Research Analyst, Open-Source Intelligence and Analysis at RUSI

11:00 – 12:00 Easier Said than Done: How to Maximize the Impact of Sanctions against Russia?
Moderator: Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI

  • Xavier Brun, Advisor Economic Affairs – Centre for Analysis, Planning, and Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • Laima Letina, Advisor, Latvia Finance Association
  • Kim Olsen, Analyst, The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee and networking

To schedule media interviews, please contact Mr Balázs Gyimesi, Communications Officer, RUSI Europe, at

To read more about the project, visit our website.

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