The European Union (EU) has updated its control list of dual use items, as part of a new EU export control regime which will come into force on December 31, 2014. The new regime amends Annex I to the Regulation No 428/2009 (the Dual-Use Regulation), which establishes the common list of dual-use items subject to controls in the EU. There are over 400 amendments, which will have a huge impact on exporters of dual-use goods and technologies.
The new regime increases the effectiveness of EU export controls with a view to promoting global convergence of export controls. It also gives vastly more power to the EU, thus reducing the incentive for Member States to individually tailor their export control regimes. This is very interesting for exporters seeking to maintain their competitiveness.
From a technical point of view, the new regime represents the completion of a long-term process of reform. It reflects the latest commercial and technological developments. The aim is to ensure full compliance with international security obligations and to facilitate references for export control authorities and operators.
So what is changing on December 31, 2014?
The new regime, as indicated in the table below:
- Introduces controls on more than 30 new categories of goods and technologies, such as telecommunication and internet surveillance equipment, camera software and technology and certain chemicals
- Removes controls on items and technologies which are widely available and represent a lower security
- Amends technical parameters and adds new definitions
Companies that are involved in exports of dual-use goods and technologies should be prepared to take full advantage of the new regime and to make sure that their business operations are in compliance with the recent changes.