On 7th October, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published a briefing saying that the EU Dual-Use Regulation creates a common legal basis for Member States’ controls on the trade in ‘dual-use items’ (i.e. goods, materials and technologies that may be used for both civilian and military purposes) and is a crucial component of global non-proliferation efforts. In 2011, the European Commission launched a review of the regulation and in September 2016 published a proposal for a new version. It says that in October the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council will engage in what is termed a ‘trilogue’’ before a new version of the EU Dual-use Regulation is adopted. The briefing from SIPRI aims to provide a better understanding of the positions of the 3 parties (Commission, Parliament and Council) on a selection of key issues –
- controls on cyber-surveillance technology;
- language on human rights and international humanitarian law
- harmonised interpretation of key concepts; and
- improved information sharing.
Each section concludes with ideas for how divisions between the parties might be bridged.
However, the article says that the differences between the positions adopted by the parties are significant and indicate that reaching an agreement will be difficult.
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