COUNCIL DECISION IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT ILLICIT TRAFFICKING IN WEAPONS, AMMUNITION AND EXPLOSIVES, IN COOPERATION WITH THE OSCE.

1. The EU has decided to finance a three-year programme of projects in support of Ukraine’s efforts to combat illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunition and explosives (WAE). The Council Decision was adopted on 2nd December 2019.

2. This is a bi-lateral programme, between the EU and Ukraine, which aims to strengthen the capacities of government entities within Ukraine in combating illicit trafficking in WAE. The programme has five stated objectives:
a. To enhance capabilities of the State Border Guard Service (SBGS), the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the State Fiscal Service (SFS)/State Customs Service (SCS) of Ukraine in preventing and combating illicit trafficking in WAE.
b. To enhance supervisory capacities of the MIA in their control of manufacture, marking and record-keeping of WAE.
c. To enhance operational capacities of the MIA and the National Police of Ukraine (NPU), in forensics, analysis, detection, tracing, and investigation of illicit trafficking in WAE.
d. To enhance capacities of the MIA for improvement of legislative mechanisms for regulating and controlling the circulation and use of WAE as well as raising public awareness on risks related to illegal possession, misuse and trafficking in WAE.
e. To enhance inter-agency coordination and cooperation resulting in developing strategic approach, data-collection and analysis in preventing and combatting illicit trafficking in WAE in Ukraine.

Topic  Common Foreign and Security Policy 
Department  FCO 
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  1. 9 January 2020 Pincher - Chair - 394 KB - pdf
  2. 9 January 2020 Pincher - Kinnoull - 394 KB - pdf
  3. Council Decision - 568 KB - pdf
  4. EM on Council Decision - 225 KB - pdf

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