Ukraine, EU exchange experience in arms export control, compliance with arms trade treaty within updated cooperation program until 2020
Ukraine and the EU are developing cooperation in the field of arms export control.
According to the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine, within the framework of the renewed EU program with partner countries for cooperation in the field of arms export control for the period up to 2020, a regional EU seminar on arms export control with the participation of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine was held in Kyiv.
The participants in the seminar exchanged experience in monitoring brokering activities in the field of arms exports, including in the context of activities of customs authorities. They considered the advantages of using e-licensing databases in the sphere of international arms transfers by the competent state authorities, as well as the practice of Italy in ensuring legal entities' compliance with export control requirements and the issues of conducting investigations and prosecution for offenses.
The participants in the EU regional seminar also got acquainted with the report of Conflict Armament Research, which is authorized by the EU decision to ensure the detection of weapons in the zones of armed conflicts, investigate weapons supply networks, and identify the sources of armaments entering zones of military conflicts.