MEPs set to call for stricter EU arms export controls 

EU member states must ensure that their arms export control decisions are consistent, MEPs are set to say on Wednesday. If necessary, an EU supervisory body should be set up, they add.

Parliament will assess on Tuesday how well the member states’ Common Position on arms export control, which relies on minimum requirements, is working, and advocate improvements in a resolution to be voted on Wednesday.

Proposals include widening the list of arms export criteria to oblige member states to assess the risk that an arms transfer could spur corruption and imposing sanctions on member states that fail to comply with the Common Position.


The EU28 member states are the world’s second largest arms supplier (26% of global arms exports), after the USA (33%) and before Russia (23%). Between 2012 and 2016, international transfers of “major” weapons, such as missiles, warplanes and submarines, reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the Cold War.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution


Debate: Tuesday, 12 September

Votes: Wednesday, 13 September