Council Decision to support activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

1. This proposal (annex A) seeks authorisation to continue intensive and targeted assistance from the EU in support of core OPCW actvities intended to promote the full implementation of the CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention), enhance preparedness of States Parties to prevent and and respond to attacks involving toxic chemicals, international cooperation in the field of chemical activities, and the ability of the OPCW to adapt to developments in the field of science and technology.

2. In February 2015, the Council adopted Decision 2015/259/CFSP providing 36-months of support for the OPCW. This mandate expired in March 2018 but was extended by Decision 2018/294/CFSP.
3. The duration of the new action will be 36 months. It will start once the financing agreement between the European Commission and the OPCW has been concluded. The OPCW proposes that the process, modalities and the general purpose of the support outlined within this Decison should be governed by terms similar to those of the current EU Council Decision 2015/259/CFSP (annex A), extended by 2018/294/CFSP (annex B) until 31 December 2018.

4. This new proposal seeks to support activities of the OPCW, with the following objectives:

Topic  Common Foreign and Security Policy 
Department  FCO 
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