Council Decision in support of a global reporting mechanism on illicit conventional arms and their ammunition to reduce the risk of their diversion and illicit transfer (iTrace IV)

1. The EU wishes to finance a further Conflict Armament Research (CAR) programme of six projects. This will support a global reporting mechanism that aims to reduce the risk of their diversion and illicit transfer of illicit conventional arms and their ammunition (iTrace IV). This programme will be the fourth phase of work on CAR’s ‘iTrace’ project to which the EU has previously mandated funding through three successive Council Decisions. The draft Council Decision was adopted on 19 December 2019.

2. To date, the iTrace Project has operated in more than 40 conflict-affected states, including in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South and East Asia. It has also created the world’s largest public repository of information regarding diverted conventional arms and ammunition, providing for precise reporting on diverted arms flows to insurgent and terrorist groups. It alerts EU Member State export control authorities confidentially, and rapidly, to post-export diversion risks, providing real time information to EU Delegations and Member State diplomatic missions in conflict-affected regions. Finally, iTrace mainstreams awareness of arms control and counter-diversion measures through balanced and responsible global news media engagement.

Topic  Common Foreign and Security Policy 
Department  FCO 
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  1. 9 January 2020 Pincher - Chair - 314 KB - pdf
  2. 9 January 2020 Pincher - Kinnoull - 314 KB - pdf
  3. Council Decision - 604 KB - pdf
  4. EM on Council Decision - 139 KB - pdf

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