EU: STRICTER RULES ON EXPLOSIVE PRECURSORS TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR TERRORISTS TO BUILD HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVES

On 1 February, the EU advised that new rules restricting access to explosive precursors start applying throughout the EU.  The rules contain stronger safeguards and controls on the sale and marketing of dangerous chemicals, which have been misused to produce homemade explosives in a number of terrorist attacks in Europe.  Under the new rules, suspicious transactions – whether online or offline – should be reported, including by online marketplaces.  Sellers have to verify their customers’ identity and their need for buying a restricted substance.  Before issuing a licence for buying restricted substances, Member States need to carry out security screening, including a criminal background check.  The new rules also restrict 2 additional chemicals: sulphuric acid and ammonium nitrate.  The new EU Regulation strengthens and updates existing rules on explosive precursors, and contributes to denying terrorists the means to act.

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEX_21_345

The new rules are in the Regulation at –

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32019R1148

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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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