Event


The European Arms Exports, Peace, Human Rights and Democracy


EU Member States outrank US and Russia as the world’s largest arms exporter. An ever increasing proportion of European arms exports - 61% in 2011 - is being delivered to countries outside the EU. The events around the Arab Spring have shown that EU human rights criteria have not always been respected. The Greens/EFA conference will therefore address the urgent issue of the implementation EU export criteria and the need to reform and strengthen the EU export regime.

9:30-9:35 Opening remarks by Rebecca Harms, Co-President Greens/EFA

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9:35-11:00 FIRST PANEL: Trends in European arms exports and the implementation of eight criteria of the EU Common Position

9:35-45 Introduction by Barbara Lochbihler, MEP, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights

9:45-10:05 Presentation of a study commissioned by the Greens/EFA group by Jan Grebe, BICC

10:05- 10:15 Remarks by Pierre-Arnaud LOTTON, EEAS, chair of the Council Working Group on arms exports (COARM)

10:15-10:25 Remarks by An Vranckx, Saferworld

10:25-10:35 Remarks by David Nichols, Amnesty International

10:35-10:50 Reply by Jan Grebe and open debate

10:50-11:00 Concluding remarks by Franziska Brantner, MEP, Greens/EFA spokesperson for Foreign Affairs

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11:00-12:50 SECOND PANEL: Recommendations for a more strict, transparent and well functioning EU arms exports control regime

11:00-11:10 Introduction by Indrek Tarand, MEP, Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence

11:10-11:20 Recommendations of the study, Jan Grebe, BICC

11:20-11:30 Comments by Marc Bromley, SIPRI

11:30-11:40 Comments by Neil Corney, OMEGA

11:40-11:50 Comments by Albrecht von Wittke, Deputy Head of Unit 414, Export Control of military goods and dual-use items, German Foreign Ministry

11:50-12:00 Comments by Jean-Jacques Woeldgen, European Commission

12:00-12:50 Open debate

12:50-13:00 Conclusions by Tarja Cronberg, MEP, Greens/EFA Spokesperson for Security and Defence