Joint EU Delegation and the US Embassy press statement on opening on seminar on cross-border strategic trade control (16/10/2015)

The Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Mr. Carlo Natale and US Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Nicholas Berliner on 15 October 2015 jointly opened a seminar organized by the EU and the US to promote cross-border strategic trade control.

Dual-use items are goods, software and technology normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications or may contribute to the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. As such, the EU and the US pay particular attention to the control of their export, transit and brokering to prevent their proliferation.

The seminar, titled “Export Licensing Partnership Workshop” addressed issues like risk assessment criteria, application of the licensing criteria, mechanisms for exchanging information on end-use/end-users, development of end-use/end-user database, strengthening interagency coordination and cooperation on license review process identification, commodity identification issues encountered by Customs officials and discussed ways to promote greater regional and cross-border cooperation between the export control authorities of Georgia, and the EU Member States on the EU Eastern border ( Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania).

Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Mr. Carlo Natale underlined: “Export controls of Dual Use items, as a security-related trade instrument, remain, more than ever, at the forefront of international non-proliferation efforts. We need to adjust to the evolution of security risks and threats, especially in this part of the world. The European Union continuous to assist Georgia in implementing it's new strategic trade control legislation adopted 2014 that complies with UN Security Council Resolution 1540 requirements and its alignment with the EU Export Control List which continuously supports trade relations and security”.

US Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Nicholas Berliner noted: “As a critical transit point along the New Silk Road trade and energy corridor that connects Asian and European markets via the Caucasus, Georgia’s strong and reliable export controls provides predictability to foreign investors and shows Georgia takes regional trade facilitation and security seriously.”

Background

This seminar was organized as part of two EU and US initiatives:

  • The EU-Outreach Programme on Dual-Use Items, launched in 2005 to establish and strengthen worldwide cooperation to promote and sustain an effective global export control system through harmonization and long-term partnerships. The current programme cooperates with 34 partner countries in 6 regions (Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Golf Cooperation Council countries and Central Asia). For more information on this programme, please visit: https://export-control.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ or contact Wolfgang.LEHOFER@ec.europa.eu;
  • The US Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program is active in more than 60 countries. Since 2006, the EXBS program in Georgia has provided a range of non-proliferation-related assistance, from licensing and legal/regulatory technical workshops, to a large-scale x-ray equipment, and training for Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Environment Protection, and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. For more information, please visit: www.state.gov/strategictrade or contact DoradoM@state.gov.