On 29 November, Giovanna Maletta, Senior Researcher with the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme, and Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Director and Senior Researcher with the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme, participated in a public hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence. The hearing was entitled ‘The War in Ukraine: Implications for Arms Export Policies at the EU Level’.
Maletta gave a briefing on the significance and impact that the European Peace Facility (EPF) is having or is likely to have on the European Union (EU) export control framework by supplying military equipment to Ukraine. Dr Béraud-Sudreau provided an overview of the policy debates around arms transfers to Ukraine in three of the EU’s largest arms exporters—France, Germany and Sweden—and discussed implications for harmonization at the EU level. The SIPRI experts also provided input about how EU member states can take these sets of issues into account as they approach the third review of the EU Common Position on Arms Exports.
Joanneke Balfoort, Director of the Directorate for Security and Defence Policy, European External Action Service, also gave a briefing. Nathalie Loiseau, Chair, Subcommittee on Security and Defence, presided over the meeting.
Watch a recording of the meeting here.