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Review of dual-use export controls [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp (3rd edition),

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Certain goods and technologies have legitimate civilian applications but can also be used for the development of weapons of mass-destruction, terrorist acts and human rights violations; these so-called ‘dual-use’ goods are subject to the European Union’s export control regime. The regime is now being revised, mainly to take account of significant technological developments and to create a more level playing field among EU Member States

The proposed regulation recasts the regulation in force since 2009. Among other elements, the proposal introduces a controversial new ‘human security’ dimension to export controls, to prevent the abuse of certain cyber-surveillance technologies by regimes with a questionable human rights record.

Stakeholders are divided over the incorporation of human rights considerations, with the technology industry particularly concerned that it might lose out to non-European competitors. The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission issued a joint statement on the review of the dual-use export control system in 2014 and the European Parliament has since adopted several resolutions related to the issue.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items (recast).
Committee responsible:

Rapporteur:

Shadow rapporteurs:

 

 

 

 

 

International Trade (INTA)

Klaus Buchner (Green/EFA, Germany)

Christofer Fjellner (EPP, Sweden)

Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany)

Sander Loones (ECR, Belgium)

Marietje Schaake (ALDE, the Netherlands)

Anne-Marie Mineur (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands)

Tiziana Beghin (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2016) 616  of 28.9.2016, 2016/0295(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing, formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Vote in Committee (October 2017)

Stage: Committee vote

 

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