Regional Workshop in Tunisia

Regional Workshop in Tunisia

COARM IV

Event date: 06/11/2018 - 07/11/2018

Based on the EU Council Decision 2018/101/CFSP, this regional workshop aimed at continuing the good cooperation between the EU and its partners in North African Mediterranean countries and Southern Neighbourhood countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy in the area of the strategic trade controls for conventional arms and military items. This activity was the first out of two regional workshops for this region and it was organised in the framework of the new EU outreach project, which started on 1 April 2018 with a duration of two years.

The focus of the activity was on exchanging about international updates in arms trade controls as well as the current state of play concerning arms trade controls in the countries of the region. Then, the question on how to counter illicit arms trafficking through international cooperation was addressed, with practical examples from programmes implemented by the EU, EMPACT-firearms platform and WCO in relation to this region. Finally, also inter-agency cooperation from both policy/ licensing and Customs perspective as well as Commodity identification were part of the agenda.

Overall, this workshop encouraged participants to participate in engaging, open and multi-faceted discussions about challenges concerning the effective control of arms trade and allowed to exchange perspective with neighbouring states as well as international experts. In doing so, the importance of exchanging more and starting a cooperation on a regional and international basis was underlined.