European Union External Action

Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control

08/08/2016 - 18:17
Policy - Activity

EU policy in this field focuses on 3 broad areas: weapons of mass destruction (WMD), conventional weapons and Security and sustainability in outer space

We work both multilaterally and bilaterally, and use all available EU programmes & funds, to uphold and strengthen all relevant international agreements and various cooperation frameworks in this field, especially:

Representatives of the EEAS High Representative chair the EU Council working parties dealing with disarmament, non-proliferation and arms export controls – increasing the coordination of EU positions in international fora.


EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

In July 2010, the Council of the EU decided to create a network that would bring foreign policy actors and research- and academic institutions together, to encourage political and security related discussion in the field of non-proliferation and disarmament.  Thus, Council Decision 2010/430/CFSP established the European Network of Independent Non-Proliferation Think Tanks and entrusted the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium with the technical implementation of the Decision.

The latest Council Decision (CFSP)2018/299 extended EU support for the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium until 2021.


Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation

Marjolijn van Deelen will take up the position of Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation on 1st September, succeeding Jacek Bylica.