The EU Council under German Presidency and the European Parliament agreed on a new regulation for export controls of dual-use goods in their negotiating round on 9 November 2020.

The Regulation will replace Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 from 2009.

The BAFA as the competent licensing authority was actively involved in the negotiations.

Key elements of the agreement are new, stricter control rules for exports of certain interception and surveillance technology, closer cooperation between Member States through new coordination mechanisms, the introduction of new General Licences, harmonisation of control rules for technical assistance at EU level, better enforceability of controls through increased cooperation between licensing and customs authorities at EU level and more transparency in the annual report of the EU Commission.

An English text version of the new regulation will be published at the earliest after final confirmation of the outcome of the negotiations by the Member States.

An official translation will not be published until 2021.

ACFA will provide information on the agreement and the new rules at the ACFA Info Day on 10 December 2020.


Source: Federal Office of Economics and Export Control BAFA

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