REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the activities and consultations of the Anti-Torture Coordination Group referred to in Article 31 of Regulation (EU) 2019/125 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
1. This Explanatory Memorandum covers two reports relating to Regulation (EU) 2019/125 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (“the EU Torture Regulation”). One report relates to a review of licensing applications and decisions and the second covers the work of the Anti-Torture Co-ordination Group (ATCG).
2. The EU Torture Regulation reflects the EU’s commitment to eradicate torture and prevent trade in such goods, led by the UK’s leadership in this area of international policy. The Regulation first came into force in the form of Council Regulation (EC) No 1236/2005 and has been subsequently amended and codified. It is currently in legal effect across the EU under Regulation (EU) 2019/125 which came into force on 16 January 2019.