Bosnia and Herzegovina Prepares New Laws for the Control of Military and Dual-Use Goods Transfers

In the process of aligning its legislature to that of the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina has prepared new draft laws on Arms and Military Equipment and Dual-use Goods transfers control. On 4 December, UNDP/SEESAC together with the European Union through the German Federal Office of Economic and Export Control (BAFA) assisted the Ministry in organizing a presentation of the new draft laws to the interested industry.

Approximately sixty (60) companies attended the Industry Outreach, where they had the opportunity to hear from the licensing authorities about the novelties of the newly drafted laws and to pose questions, provide comments and express their concerns.

During the event, additional input was provided by the licensing experts from the European Union, some of whom were consulted during the drafting of the laws.

Once all relevant comments and inputs have been incorporated into the existing drafts, the laws will be presented to the parliament for adoption.

UNDP/SEESAC supported the event within the framework of its Arms Exports Control project which aims to assist countries in the Western Balkans in their efforts to strengthen their arms exports control capacities and increase transparency. SEESAC’s arms exports control activities are funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.