EU-Outreach in Export Control of Dual-Use Items
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Cooperation in Export Control of Dual-Use
Guided by the European Union (EU) Strategy against
the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
and as part of the Instrument for Stability (IfS), the
EU has mandated the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) to carry out cooperation programmes in the field of export control of
dual-use items. Within the framework of the existing
programme, experts from the EU collaborate closely
with their counterparts in the partner countries to enhance the effectiveness of controls of strategic items
worldwide. In doing so, the programme contributes to
the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction by focussing on dual-use goods, software
and technologies and actively supports the implementation of United Security Council Resolution 1540
Scope of cooperation
Type of activities
The EU’s outreach activities in the area of export control of dual-use items are grounded on five pillars,
addressing the key areas: legal, licensing, customs
(enforcement), awareness (outreach to industry) and
sanctions (penalties). Apart from activities specific to
one of the pillars mentioned above, cross-pillar activities are also conducted such as seminars focusing on
interagency cooperation between licensing and customs authorities.
A various number of means are utilized to implement programme activities, among others:
• Legal reviews
• Training seminars and workshops
• Study visits
• Awareness raising events
• International conferences
• Support for producing relevant documents such
The EU Programme also coordinates and / or collaborates with a wide range of other donors of technical assistance.
The programme aims at reducing the risk of proliferation by strengthening international cooperation in the
field of dual-use export controls and enhance national
and regional capacities, taking into account the careful
balance between security and economics interests.
The programme activities are adjusted to meet the
specific needs of and situations in each partner country. The scope of activities may address all five pillars
or may focus only on some of them, covering topics
such as export control legislation, licensing procedures, risk management, enforcement or industry
Experts from EU Member States are actively participating at EU outreach activities, providing technical expertise from a practitioner perspective in the
field of legal, licensing, customs (front line and enforcement), awareness (outreach to industry) and
sanctions (penalties). The basis of the cooperation
is sustainable partnerships through peer-to-peer
practitioners’ consultations. Experiences and best
practices are shared by Experts from all EU Member States, thus a unique richness of different approaches is offered.