On 16th April, the EU Parliament adopted a draft Regulation proposed by the Commission that will strengthen EU rules on explosive precursors.  The new Regulation will –

  • add to the strict rules already in place on the access to chemical precursors that can be used to produce homemade explosives, and will ban additional chemicals – adding sulphuric acid, an ingredient in the explosives used in the attack at the airport and the subway of Brussels in March 2016, as well as ammonium nitrate; and
  • strengthen licensing and screening – requiring a Member State to check the legitimacy of a request and perform a careful security screening, including a criminal background check.

The EU Regulation takes immediate effect.

The EU put in place rules to restrict access to explosive precursors that could be used to make home-made explosives in 2013.  However, the security threat has been constantly evolving with terrorists using new tactics, and developing new recipes and bomb-making techniques.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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