Brussels (BEL), June 2013

Brussels (BEL), June 2013

Multilateral Conferences

Event date: 17/06/2013 - 19/06/2013

International Export Control Cooperation & Outreach Dialogue

To discuss current challenges as well as latest developments and good practices in the area of export control, the EU-Outreach programme in Export Control of Dual-Use Items and the US Department of State’s Export Control and Border Security Programme (EXBS) organized the first Cooperation & Outreach Dialogue in Brussels. The event was hosted by the EU Commission in the Berlaymont Building. It was attended by a group of export control practitioners from around 50 countries, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the industry. The presentations in the plenary were grouped into four sessions and covered industry compliance and government-industry cooperation, catch-all controls, inter-agency, and international cooperation.

In addition, the following four breakout sessions enabled the participants to discuss more interactively:

  • Controlling dual-use brokering
  • Information exchange and information sources
  • Controlling ITT and cloud computing
  • Free trade zones and supply chain security

With regard to controlling dual-use brokering, the participants agreed on the high relevance of information sharing – not only between agencies, but also on an international level. Brokers and middlemen play a crucial role when it comes to acquiring sensitive items from third countries, and although respective control mechanisms do exist in most countries’ legislation, the implementation of these provisions is still a major challenge for export control authorities. For this reason, participants were given the possibility to discuss appropriate control mechanisms of brokering services.

The importance of reliable information sources was subject to the discussions in the second breakout session. It was pointed out that exchange of information between different parties, including governments, different governmental agencies, and government and industry is highly essential.

Another great challenge is defining a common understanding of intangible technology transfer (ITT), including cloud computing, the use of cyber-space for proliferation activities, and the role of ITT in academia and within the industry. Therefore, this topic was covered in the third breakout group.

Participants of the fourth breakout session group discussed advantages and proliferation risks of Free Trade Zones. There was broad agreement that the involvement of the counter proliferation community is indispensable in order to ensure the secure transfer of legitimate trade within these zones.

The event served as an excellent platform to discuss current issues and share experiences. Furthermore, it provided a significant contribution to international exchange and networking.