Earlier this month, the European Commission (Commission) launched a public consultation on ways to improve the EU’s export controls rules. All exports, transit and brokering services relating to dual-use items, i.e. goods and technology that may be used for both civil and military purposes, are subject to those rules.
Stakeholders have until October 15, 2015 to contribute to the debate. The Commission will likely incorporate the results of this consultation into a legislative proposal.
In 2011, the Commission launched a broad public consultation on the implementation of export controls. The resulting report (available here) identified a number of issues and paved the way for a long-term reform process of the current export control regime. The Commission then initiated an impact assessment to assess the costs and benefits of such a reform. The present public consultation is intended to identify the most suitable options for upgrading the EU export control regime in line with the objectives identified in the report and the impact assessment.
The questionnaire for the consultation can be found here.
EU producers, importers, trade associations, users and consumer organizations should be able to provide input on the above proposals, as well as suggest others. Sidley lawyers would welcome the opportunity to help stakeholders push for (or identify and frame) constructive, substantive changes to EU export controls rules.