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Regional Workshop on Arms Export Controls for South-East Europe

Regional Workshop on Arms Export Controls for South-East Europe


Event date: 10/10/2018 - 11/10/2018

A Regional Workshop for South Eastern European partner countries was conducted in Tirana, Albania, on 10 and 11 October 2018, in the framework of the current EU Outreach Project on the Promotion of Effective Arms Export Controls. The participants came from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

Based on the EU Council Decision 2018/101/CFSP, this regional workshop aimed to continue the good cooperation between the EU and its South Eastern European partnership countries in the area of the export of conventional arms and military items. This activity was the first out of two regional workshops for South East European partner countries 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 set on an exchange about the current state of affairs in export control in the countries of the region, electronic licensing databases, commodity identification, and transit and transshipment from both a licensing and Customs perspective. Moreover, at the special request of the host country Albania, the case of export/ import control mechanisms in ECOWAS member states were discussed.

Overall, this workshop enabled participants to engage in discussions about challenges concerning the effective implementation of the export control of military items and allowed for comparing national regulations. In this way, regional exchange and cooperation was strengthened.


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