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18th January 2021
External Relations & Trade Human Rights Internal Market

Common approach to end-user certificates in the context of the export of small arms and light weapons now published

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/38 establishing a common approach on the elements of end-user certificates in the context of the export of small arms and light weapons and their ammunition (SALW), adopted last week on 15 January, has been officially published today.

This Decision aims at diminishing the risk of diversion, creating a level playing field, and increasing clarity for the defence industry and its clients regarding relevant requirements. It was adopted following the Council’s commitment to consider a decision on the matter, as indicated in its Common Position 2008/944/CFSP, which states that (i) export licences are to be granted only on the basis of reliable prior knowledge of end-use in the country of final destination, a

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