The European Union is preparing to expand sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to a draft resolution to be adopted by EU foreign ministers on Monday.
The draft seen by AFP states the EU is "actively" preparing to "expand its restrictive measures by additional designations."
It also states that Assad's "credibility and leadership depends on the reforms he himself promised."
The EU has been looking at adding firms and a dozen people to a blacklist of 23 people targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban which already includes Assad and key allies.
The situation in Syria is high on the agenda of ministers holding talks in Luxembourg. An EU source last week said a dozen names could be added to a list of Syrians hit by sanctions, with the firms they are associated with to be targeted later.
The EU to date has slapped two sets of sanctions against Assad's regime over its savage crackdown on protesters.