Disarmament, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Export Control

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  • 16/12/2014
    Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control <p> <span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The EU and the US met on 12 December 2014 in Brussels for a High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman and by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt. </span> </p> 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/04/2015 08:59:59 2014121608 090126248dbeef0c N 090126248dbeef0c /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm 11187 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control
  • 12/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention <p> <i>The EU welcomes Myanmar as 171</i> <i> <sup>st</sup> </i> <i>State Party to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. </i> </p> 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 2014121223 090126248db1601a N 090126248db1601a /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm 9887 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
  • 25/09/2014
    5 88812 1 _blank Arms Trade Treaty enters into force: towards more responsible and more transparent arms trade Arms Trade Treaty enters into force: towards more responsible and more transparent arms trade

    On 25 September in New York, the deposit of the 50th ratification instrument triggered entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The threshold has been passed with a significant contribution from EU Member States. The ATT will officially enter into force in 90 days.

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    Arms Trade Treaty enters into force: towards more responsible and more transparent arms trade

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Nuclear programmes in Iran and North Korea, chemical weapons in Syria and weapons from Libya fuelling instability beyond its borders – these are just a few illustrations of the need to prevent the proliferation and spread of Weapons of Mass destruction (WMD) and illicit flows of conventional arms.

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons) and their possible acquisition by terrorist groups was identified in the 2003 European Security Strategy as one of the most serious threats to Europeans’ security.

The EU’s guiding principles, as laid out in its Strategy for non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (2003) and the Strategy to combat illicit Small arms (2005), continue to be effective multilateralism, close cooperation with key partners and other third countries, and effective and complementary use of all available instruments and financial resources.

The European Security Strategy, ‘A Secure Europe in a better world’ was adopted on 12 December 2003 by the European Council and updated in December 2008. The European Security Strategy mentions five key challenges faced by the EU: terrorism, proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), regional conflicts, State failure and organised crime.

The proliferation of WMD is defined as potentially the greatest threat to European security. The consequences of the illicit manufacture, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) are central to the other four challenges defined in the Strategy.        

In parallel, on 12 December 2003, the European Council adopted the Strategy against the proliferation of WMD  which states that WMD and missile proliferation put at risk the security of EU Member States, their people and their interests around the world. The EU must act with resolve, using all instruments and policies at its disposal. The ultimate objective is to prevent, deter, halt and – where possible – eliminate WMD proliferation programmes of concern worldwide.

On 15-16 December 2005, the European Council adopted a Strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition . The EU SALW Strategy is a comprehensive document that gives the combined response needed to overcome the threats posed by the illicit accumulation and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition. The EU SALW strategy fully exploits the means available to the EU at multilateral and regional levels, within the European Union and in the EU's bilateral relations.

The EU’s guiding principle and overall aim for disarmament and non-proliferation is to uphold and strengthen  international instruments –all relevant international treaties, conventions and instruments, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Conventions on prohibition of Chemical (CWC) and Biological weapons (BTWC), the Mines Ban Treaty (APMC), the UN Programme of Action on the illicit Trade in SALW, and support to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, designed to prohibit proliferation in the field.

The current priorities are the early entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the final drafting and endorsement of an EU proposed Code of Conduct for activities in Outer Space, the preparation of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (including the holding of a Conference on a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East), as well as promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Since the establishment of the European External Action Service (EEAS), representatives of the High Representative, through chairing the Council Working Parties dealing with disarmament and non-proliferation, are strengthening coordination of EU positions in international non-proliferation and disarmament fora, to ensure the EU’s role is both active and visible, as foreseen by the Lisbon Treaty.

The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium: In July 2010 the Council of the European Union decided to create a network bringing together foreign policy institutions and research centres from across the EU to encourage political and security-related discussion and exploration of measures to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems (Council Decision 2010/430/CFSP ).

The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium comprises four leading think-tanks: La Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the International Institute for Strategic Studies based in London. The Consortium's network comprises over 60 think-tanks from all over Europe.

The EEAS and the consortium worked together to organise two consultative meetings in Brussels in May 2011 and June 2013, two seminars on the process for the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East, respectively in July 2011 and November 2012, as well as two international non-proliferation and disarmament conferences in February 2012 and on 30 September/1 October 2013.

The consortium is also producing a growing body of policy-oriented publications on topics of direct relevance to officials and academics alike.

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  • 16/12/2014
    Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control <p> <span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The EU and the US met on 12 December 2014 in Brussels for a High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman and by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt. </span> </p> 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/16/2014 08:59:59 12/04/2015 08:59:59 2014121608 090126248dbeef0c N 090126248dbeef0c /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm 11187 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141216_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control
  • 12/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention <p> <i>The EU welcomes Myanmar as 171</i> <i> <sup>st</sup> </i> <i>State Party to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. </i> </p> 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 12/12/2014 23:18:07 2014121223 090126248db1601a N 090126248db1601a /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm 9887 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141212_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Myanmar's accession to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

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