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Export Control Forum 2016

Dual use controls Brussels, 12 December 2016

Discussion on the key changes put forward in the Commission proposal for a modernisation of EU export control policy.

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On 28 September 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a modernisation of EU dual-use export controls. The proposal aims to upgrade the EU’s export control system to deal with new challenges and generate the modern control capabilities the EU needs for the coming decade and beyond. The Commission proposes introducing a "human security" dimension to allow controls on the export of cyber-surveillance technologies that may be misused for committing serious human right violations or against EU cybersecurity. It also puts forward a number of new well-defined Union General Export Authorisations in order to simplify certain licensing procedures and make them more efficient. The proposal aims to strike a balance between security and trade so as to ensure a high level of security and adequate transparency without impeding competitiveness and legitimate trade in dual-use items.

The European Commission conducted wide-ranging consultations when preparing the proposal, and is keen to pursue active engagement with stakeholders. The Commission, in cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, have therefore decided to hold the 2016 Export Control Forum to provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the proposal's key changes to EU export controls. The Forum will bring together export control officials from EU institutions and Member States with industry associations and exporters, manufacturers and other economic operators involved in production or trade of dual-use items, as well as representatives of civil society and academia.  

Practical details - Date: 12 December 2016. - Location: CCAB - Congress Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, Brussels, Belgium. - Time: 9:30 – 17:30. Registration will be open at 8:30. - Languages: the conference will be held in English. - Travel/accommodations/lunch: participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Refreshments during the conference and a sandwich lunch will be provided.

Register to the Forum  (deadline for registration: 12 November 2016).

Please note that participation will be limited to 260 persons.

Related documents Press release "Commission proposes to modernise and strengthen controls on exports of dual-use items". Draft agenda (speakers will be announced at the later stage).