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European Union appeals Hamas court ruling that took group off terror list on technicalities

  • EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerkhove, left, gestures while speaking with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, center, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The European Union is calling for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe linked to foreign fighters. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    EU Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles de Kerkhove, left, gestures while speaking with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, center, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The European Union is calling for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe linked to foreign fighters. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, center, speaks with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The European Union is calling for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe linked to foreign fighters. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, center, speaks with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The European Union is calling for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe linked to foreign fighters. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union foreign policy chief says the bloc is launching an appeal against last month's EU court ruling that ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from its terror list for technical reasons.

Federica Mogherini said Monday the council of ministers will challenge some of the court's finding and consider future action to avoid similar annulments.

Hamas was put on the EU terrorist list as part of broader measures to fight terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and its funds were frozen. Hamas has long contested the classification.

An EU high court on Dec. 17 said the reason for listing it was based too much on media and Internet reports, and not enough on acts examined by competent authorities.