One year and a half after the establishment of the Procurement Channel, the EU Delegation in Vienna attended a dedicated event on 12 June, hosted by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). This was the first public event in Vienna after the conclusion of the JCPOA in July 2015. The European Union, Iran and the UNSC Secretariat gathered side-by-side to explain their common work and dedicated efforts to the successful implementation of this United Nations endorsed mechanism enshrined in the JCPOA. The final aim was to observe whether the Procurement Channel was meeting the expectations of the JCPOA's founders.
Opening the event, the EU Head of Delegation, Mr Didier Lenoir, outlined the importance of the conclusion of the JCPOA, a major diplomatic achievement that brought together diverging positions of negotiating partners and which is now delivering on its objectives. He spoke of the key role that the EU played in this process, promoting effective multilateralism and a rule-based global order, very much in line with the principle enshrined in the EU Global Strategy.
The speakers and more than 60 participants ranging from diplomatic representatives to think-tanks and international press agencies engaged positively in the proceedings of a unique event. The panellists discussed the status quo, requirements and modalities of the Procurement Channel, including lessons learned from the experience gained to date.