On 14-15 February, BAFA organized a Study Visit for the partner countries Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova within the framework of the EU Council Decision 2015/2309 on the promotion of effective arms export control to Warsaw, Poland.
The first day, the event kicked-off with a presentation on the Polish licensing system which triggered interesting discussions between participants and experts. The following session presented the new German approach towards end-use verification and goods identification from licensing perspective. The day ended with case study discussions on arms transit.
On the second day, the representatives of the beneficiary countries had the opportunity to visit the Cargo Terminal of the Airport in Warsaw. They had access to a temporary warehouse as well as the Customs Operation Centre where they received hands-on training by the customs officers. Afterwards, the group was guided to the passenger terminal where Polish customs officers shared cases of illegal arms transfers which have been discovered at Chopin airport. In the afternoon session, participants and experts discussed customs profiling and inter-agency cooperation based on the presentation of an Estonian expert.
In addition to customs and licensing officers from Poland, EU experts from Croatia, Estonia and Germany supported the event.