On 24 June, the EU published its Guidelines for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 on the marketing and use of explosives precursors. Some chemicals have the potential to be misused for the illicit manufacture of homemade explosives. Terrorists and other criminals may seek to purchase the precursor ingredients necessary to produce homemade explosives from the open market or divert them from legitimate uses. Since 2014, EU-wide rules on the marketing and use of explosives precursors have been in place. However, the threat from homemade explosives remains high and continues to evolve. It was therefore necessary to further strengthen and harmonise the system for preventing the illicit manufacture of homemade explosives using the new 2019 Regulation. The Regulation establishes harmonised rules concerning the making available, introduction, possession and use of substances or mixtures that could be misused for the illicit manufacture of explosives, with a view to limiting the availability of those substances or mixtures to members of the general public, and with a view to ensuring the appropriate reporting of suspicious transactions throughout the supply chain.
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