South East and East European Authorities Continue Work on Harmonisation of Legislation for Arms Control with EU Acquis

Together with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs and the European External Action Service, SEESAC organised a two-day regional workshop on the harmonisation of legislation related to arms control for the authorities coming from the Western Balkans, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The event took place from 31 May to 1 June 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

SEESAC, supported by the European Union, aims to reduce the threat of illicit small arms and light weapons and their ammunition in South East and East Europe. As part of these efforts, the workshop facilitated the sharing of information and experiences among participants.

The workshop also served as a platform for representatives from various institutions to discuss updates on the harmonisation of legislative frameworks concerning firearms and the civil use of explosives and pyrotechnics with the European Union Acquis in their respective jurisdictions. Participants also explored best practices and gained insights into the challenges faced during the implementation of the relevant EU regulatory framework by the EU member states.

The participants came from units involved in the drafting of legislation, particularly those engaged in developing legislative frameworks concerning firearms and the civil use of explosives and pyrotechnics, including the harmonisation with EU Acquis in these respective fields.

Such a workshop strengthens regional cooperation and alignment with the European Union's regulations in the field of arms control. By sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices, participating institutions are enhancing their efforts to combat the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons. The workshop represents another step towards the South East and East European region aligning its legislative frameworks with EU standards, ensuring effective arms control measures and the prevention of illicit possession and trafficking of firearms.

The workshop was organised with the EU support provided through the EU Council Decision 2019/2111 in support of arms control activities in South East Europe and reinforces the commitment of South East European authorities to combat trafficking and illicit possession of firearms.