On 24 – 25 June 2015, a group of international experts gathered in Eschborn at BAFA for the second experts meeting in the framework of the EU ATT-Outreach Project (ATT-OP). In the framework of the Council Decision 2013/768/CFSP, this event provided another opportunity for the implementing agency and the group of experts to discuss the process and activities conducted under the ATT-OP framework. One year of ATT-OP implementation phase and the road ahead in the different country groups were points of discussions. The meeting also allowed for exchange and coordination to ensure a coherent approach of activities conducted by the various teams of experts considered with different countries and regions and to ensure ongoing success of the project. An update on the global ATT process was given, new tools and guidelines regarding effective ATT implementation were presented and different ATT outreach activities by different stakeholders were discussed. Furthermore, there was room for discussion on lessons learned.
The experts meeting brought together a diverse group of over 20 international experts, including representatives from EU Member States and from international, non-governmental and research organizations. Participants from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Hungary as well as representatives of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Control Arms, Saferworld, Small Arms Survey, the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Coventry University and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) attended the meeting to discuss progress made in one year of ATT-OP implementation.