Roadmap for a sustainable solution to arms control

Roadmap for a sustainable solution to arms control in the Western Balkans by 2024 

The Roadmap was developed by the Western Balkans authorities with SEESAC’s technical support under the auspices of France and Germany and in consultation with the European Union (EU) and all other relevant actors. The Roadmap was adopted by the region’s leaders at the London Summit in the presence of EU leaders.

The Roadmap envisages the Western Balkans as a safer region and an exporter of security where comprehensive and sustainable mechanisms, fully harmonized with the EU and other international standards, are in place to identify, prevent, prosecute, and control the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of firearms, ammunition and explosives. It is based on regional cooperation principals and it draws upon SEESAC’s signature solution to arms control resulted from over a decade of work on all arms control related aspects with governments in the region and in partnership with the EU.

Download Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1788 of 19 November 2018 in support of SEESAC for the implementation of the Regional Roadmap on combating illicit arms trafficking in the Western Balkans


Regional Implementation Plan

Combating the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons
South East Europe Regional Implementation Plan

Combating the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons
Stability Pact Regional Implementation Plan For South East Europe
Revised 2006

Borba protiv širenja i uticaja lakog i malokalibarskog oružja                                  
Pakt za stabilnost Regionalni Plan Implementacije za Jugoistocnu Evropu                 
Revised 2006


National Arms Laws and Strategic Documents

In order to harmonize efforts of regional governments in advancing SALW related legislative and regulatory measures and provide all regional SALW stakeholders with an easy reference guide for SALW legislation, SEESAC has compiled the South Eastern Europe Arms Law Compendium.

The South Eastern Europe Regional Arms Law Compendium includes over 1,000 pages of existing (and several draft) areas of legislation on SALW from: Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Moldova and Serbia and Montenegro.

It is as up to date and accurate as possible, although SEESAC recognizes that the Compendium may not have a complete overview of draft legislation that governments are currently developing. The Compendium is limited by the contributions received from governments, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations that have contributed to this publication.

The Compendium is a continually changing reference for stakeholders to monitor regional legislative changes, and the most up to date legislation will be posted on the SEESAC website.


EU Documents


UN Documents

Education and Small Arms

The issue of small arms is a very complex one, relating to armed conflict, child soldiers, development, humanitarian aid, crime and public health. There are also significant regional and gender differences with an impact on people. Within the UN system, it is addressed by UNICEF in relation to children and young people (child soldiers and child protection), UNDP, as an impediment to development in countries in conflict and post-conflict, and by WHO as a public health issue, related to violence as a public health issue.
There is relatively little research and data on the impact of small arms on children. Some education and awareness projects have been implemented, but at this stage there is insufficient research data to justify such an approach, especially if it is based on a ‘risk’ model.
This section of SEESAC’s website has been developed as part of the EC-funded ‘Small Arms Risk Education Project in South Eastern Europe 2006’. The aim is to provide documents or links to key publications on children and small arms, and background papers on the key issues: “Risk-taking, Small Arms and Children”, “Small Arms and Children: a Public Health Problem”, “Small Arms and Education: Validity of ‘Gun Safety and ‘Risk Education Programs”, “Small Arms and Education in South East Europe”.

Key Documents
There are a number of important documents directly addressing the issue of children, young people and small arms.

Impact: Children, Young People and Small Arms

Issues: Education, Children and Small Arms

Relevant Education Programs

Professional Issues
A number of education and research programs on small arms and children have been conducted with insufficient attention given to issues of children’s rights, participation and ethical issues. These resources address these issues, and organizations planning to work with children are advised to consult them.