EU increases its financial support to the CTBTO (19/10/2015)
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) plays a central role in underpinning the international non-proliferation regime and the efforts of the European Union (EU) towards global disarmament. The EU is, therefore, strongly committed to the entry into force and universalisation of the CTBT. In this regard, on 12 October 2015, the Council of the European Union decided to increase the EU's support to the activities of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) by contributing an additional amount of 3 million euros to support the activities of the Organisation. Since 2006, the EU has contributed more than 15.5 million euros. With the adoption of the new Council Decision, the EU's voluntary financial contribution amounts to approximately 19 million euros. These contributions are all in line with the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction [322 KB] .
The overarching aim of the Council Decisions is to further promote the universalisation and entry-into-force of the Treaty, which are two of the key objectives of the EU Strategy, but also contribute to the operation and sustainability of the CTBTO verification system as well as the development of its operational capabilities. A pertinent example that clearly demonstrates the relevance of the Treaty and the constantly improving performance of its verification regime can be seen in the detection of the nuclear tests by the DPRK during the last years, and the prompt action of the CTBTO in this regard. Furthermore, the Organisation has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to effectively monitor compliance with the Treaty and to provide the international community with independent and reliable means to ensure compliance with it, once it enters into force.
This Council Decision constitutes the political agreement reached among EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 12 October 2015. Steps relating to the implementation of the Decision will be taken in the following months.
EU contributions to the CTBTO:
Joint Action 2006/243/CFSP [48 KB]
Joint Action 2007/468/CFSP [61 KB]
Joint Action 2008/588/CFSP [64 KB]
Council Decision 2010/461/CFSP [785 KB]
Council Decision 2012/699/CFSP [789 KB]
Council Decision 2015/1837/CFSP [381 KB]
Photo: Lassina Zerbo, CTBTO Executive Secretary, shakes hands with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, during the 70th UNGA in New-York on 24th September 2015.