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Regional Workshop on Arms Export Controls in the Ukraine

COARM

Event date: 18/07/2018 - 19/07/2018


On 18-19 July 2018 a Regional Workshop on Arms Export Controls was conducted in Kiev, Ukraine. It was the first activity in the framework of the latest project phase of the EU cooperation programme in the area of arms export control (COARM). This activity was also the first seminar for the partner countries of the Eastern European and Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).

The workshop kicked off with welcome remarks held by representatives from the EU Delegation to the Ukraine, the German Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Moreover, the scope of the new project phase was presented to the participants. Afterwards, updates of international developments in export control for military items and of the national status in this regard including controls over brokering were presented by an EU expert as well as by the respective representatives from the partner countries. Also, the topic of brokering control in the EU was discussed from a licensing and a customs perspective.

The second day of the workshop focused on electronic licensing databases, Internal Compliance Programmes (ICP) and industry audits as well as prosecutions and sanctions. Furthermore, the work of SEESAC and CAR (Conflict Armament Research) was presented.

The regional workshop was attended by 27 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. BAFA was supported by experts from Estonia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania and the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction. Furthermore, two representatives from SEESAC and Conflict Armament Research attended the event.

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