Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig

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EU rules on control of arms exports

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig, Graphics by Giulio Sabbati, The EU’s Common Position on arms exports is the only legally binding region-wide arrangement on conventional arms exports. While the Common Position has increased information-sharing and transparency of Member States’ arms exports, there is still scope for enhancing the convergence of national arms-exports policies and for stricter … Continue reading

The EU’s mutual assistance clause: First ever activation of Article 42(7) TEU

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig On 17 November 2015, Article 42(7), or the mutual assistance clause of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), was invoked for the first time, when France asked for aid and assistance from the other European Union (EU) Member States in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 … Continue reading

Illicit small arms and light weapons: International and EU action

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig Small arms and light weapons (SALW) are the main tools used in today’s conflicts, be they inter-state wars, civil wars or the actions of organised crime, and the cause of the majority of deaths from armed violence in the world – of combatants, but also, and mainly, of civilians. As past efforts have mostly been … Continue reading

Progress on European defence to be evaluated by the European Council

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig Against the backdrop of the long-term decline in European defence budgets, the deteriorating security context just beyond Europe’s borders and the worsening relationship with Russia have been seen as providing a wake-up call to European leaders regarding the necessity to adapt the EU’s foreign and security policy to the new challenges … Continue reading

EU mounts new maritime operation to tackle Mediterranean people traffickers

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig On 18 May 2015, the Council established a new Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operation – EUNAVFOR MED, with the aim of disrupting the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean. The EU is currently seeking both a UN Security Council (UNSC) mandate and consent from Libya for … Continue reading

European defence cooperation – State of play and thoughts on an EU army

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig The recent comments by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, welcoming the eventual creation of an EU army in the long run, have sparked a wide debate across European capitals and the expert community. If for some the possibility of an EU army represents an illusion that may distract EU Member States from dealing with the real … Continue reading

The first plenary session of 2015

Written by Nicole Zandi MEPs will head to Strasbourg for the first plenary session of the year, to be held between 12 and 15 January. There is still little legislative work on the agenda, as the new Commission settles into its new term, yet a variety of topics have been scheduled for discussion. On Monday, … Continue reading

Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Maputo+15

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig Fifteen years after its entry into force, the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban (APMB) Convention met again in Maputo, Mozambique, to review the Convention’s implementation and assess the remaining challenges in eradicating mines from the world. Anti-personnel mines: addressing the humanitarian costs In the mid-1990s, landmines killed or injured between … Continue reading

CFSP/CSDP: Outcome of the NATO Summit 2014

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig NATO leaders meeting in Newport, Wales (4-5 September 2014) addressed essential questions dealing with the current European security situation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and declining defence budgets. The next NATO Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. A changing security context The 2014 NATO Summit occurred in a challenging security … Continue reading

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