The Council of the EU adopted on 16 September a decision amending the Council Common Position of 2008 on the control of arms exports, conclusions on its review, as well as a revised user’s guide.

The decision takes account of developments at both EU and international level that have resulted in new obligations for national authorities, that include, in particular, the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the international trade in conventional arms.

The Council reaffirms that military equipment and technology should be traded in a responsible way, and recalls its commitment to strengthening the control and to reinforcing cooperation in the field of export of military technology, within the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.