STRATEGIC EXPORT CONTROLS: COUNCIL DECISION (CFSP) 2019/XXX of 22 /July /2019 amending Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008 defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment

1. Proposal of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to the Council of 27/06/2019 for a Council Decision amending Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008 defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment - HR(2019) 60.

2. On 8 December 2008, the Council adopted Common Position 2008/944/CFSP defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment, which updated and replaced the European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Exports adopted by the Council on 8 June 1998. The Common Position provides guidance on how the competent authorities of EU Member States are expected to assess military goods for export.

3. On 20 July 2015, the Council adopted Conclusions following a review of Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms exports, including to reflect the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Council also tasked the competent working group to review the implementation of the Common Position and the fulfilment of its objectives in 2018, ten years after its adoption.

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  1. 11 September 2019 Pincher-Cash - 29 KB - pdf
  2. 11 September 2019 Pincher-Kinnoull - 29 KB - pdf
  3. EM on Council Decision - 222 KB - pdf

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