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The representatives of the three Institutions - the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission - reached an agreement within the Slovak Presidency as planned. This will be confirmed by the Council and then negotiators representing the majority of MEPs will bring it to a vote at the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee in January.

Representatives of the Parliament negotiators have stated that “the agreed position is a balanced compromise that is implementable and gives legal certainty. It represents a significant improvement of security in Europe, especially regarding inadequately deactivated firearms and blank-firing weapons including the so-called salute and acoustic”.

Next steps


The provisional deal still needs to be confirmed by the EU member states’ permanent representatives (COREPER) on 20 December and by Parliament’s Internal Market Committee in its next meeting in January. The draft directive would then be put to a vote by the full Parliament in a plenary session in 2017 (likely in March) and formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers.