MEPs debate rules on exports of military technology and equipment 

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The Subcommittee on Security and Defence will discuss whether EU member states are abiding by EU arms export rules, on Monday afternoon.

In 2019, the EU-28 collectively were the second largest arms supplier in the world, after the USA and followed by Russia. The Middle East and North Africa remained the principal regional destinations for exports.

The annual report drafted by Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA, DE) looks into how the member states are implementing the EU’s common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment.

These legally binding rules were adopted in 2008 and contain eight criteria that are to be taken into account when issuing export licenses. The criteria include the respect for human rights in the country of final destination, the preservation of national and regional stability as well as the compatibility of arms exports with the development of the recipient country.

The vote on this report in the Committee on Foreign Affairs is scheduled for this summer; the plenary debate and vote is set to be held in the autumn.

You can follow the meeting live here. See the full agenda of the meeting here.