Brussels: The assets of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and 18 people in his inner circle were frozen by the European Union on Monday.

The sanctions against resources owned by people identified as "responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian state funds" were signed off by foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

The move follows a Cairo criminal court ruling which upheld a decision to freeze the assets of Mubarak and his family.

Diplomats said the EU list, to be published later this week, includ Mubesarak, his wife Suzanne, his two sons Alaa and Gamal and their wives, as well as key former regime figures -- such as a former interior minister and a ruling party official.

Mubarak, who resigned on February 11 following weeks of protests, is accused of amassing a fortune during his 30-year rule. One of his advisers, however, has denied that he had garnered billions of dollars.

The ministers also reiterated the EU's readiness to support the peaceful and orderly transition to a civilian and democratic government in Egypt based on the rule of law, with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

They also pledged "to support efforts to create an economy which enhances social cohesion and promotes growth."