EU’s renewed commitment to support the authorities in South East and East Europe in combatting illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of firearms

The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs adopted on 9 December 2019 the Council Decision 2019/2111 in support of SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South East Europe, for the period 2020-2024.

This Council Decision is building on the EU Council Decision 2016/2356 and its objective is to contribute to improved security in South East Europe and in the EU by combatting the threat posed by illicit small arms and light weapons and their ammunition in and from South East Europe, Belarus and Ukraine. Building on our current work and previous EU Council Decisions in support to SEESAC, the project will result in:

  • strengthened regional cooperation, knowledge exchange and information‑sharing on arms control;
  • enhanced capacities of border police and criminal police services of the Western Balkans in countering illicit trafficking and possession of firearms;
  • improved capacities for physical security and stockpile management through infrastructure security upgrades, surplus reduction and training.

Geographically, the project beneficiaries are the Western Balkans jurisdictions. Project activities also involve Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine based on SEESAC's current work involving these countries.

Download the Council Decision here