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Parliamentary questions
14 September 2018
E-003306/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission

In accordance with Common Position 2008/944/CFSP(1) defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment, the European External Action Service publishes an annual report(2) that provides detailed information on the destination, nature and volume of exports of military equipment that are authorised by EU Member States.

Controlling the export of military technology and equipment is a competence of EU Member States. The Council Working Party on Arms Exports allows for information exchange between Member States and regularly addresses the policies on arms exports to specific destinations.

The European Union has repeatedly stated that Turkey needs to commit unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes, most recently in European Council Conclusions of March 2018(3), the Commission's 2018 Turkey Report(4) and in the Council Conclusions of June 2018(5).

At the Leaders' meeting of 26 March 2018 in Varna, the EU recalled Turkey’s responsibility to ensure the protection of civilians and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need(6).

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:335:0099:0103:en:PDF
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2018:056:0001:0559:EN:PDF
(3)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/33457/22-euco-final-conclusions-en.pdf
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20180417-turkey-report.pdf
(5)http://www.consilium.europa.eu//media/35863/st10555-en18.pdf
(6)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/26/remarks-by-president-donald-tusk-after-the-eu-turkey-leaders-meeting/

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