EU support for The Hague Code of Conduct against ballistic missile proliferation. (September 2013)

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Overview of the latest EU official documents, publications of the Consortium, and publications from the network regarding The Hague Code of Conduct against ballistic missile proliferation (HCoC).

EU Council 2012/423/CFSP of 23 July 2012 “in support of ballistic missile non-proliferation in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and of the Council Common Position 2003/805/CFSP”, following on from Decision 2008/974/CFSP (18 December 2008), has the dual aim of:

  1. undertaking activities in support of The Hague Code of Conduct against ballistic missile proliferation with the goal of promoting the universality of the Code, particularly the adherence of all States with ballistic missile capabilities, supporting the improved implementation of the Code, and bolstering the visibility of the Code.
  2. carrying out a range of activities to support the fight against the proliferation of ballistic missiles more broadly speaking, aiming, in particular, to raise awareness of this threat, step up efforts to increase the effectiveness of multilateral instruments, build support for initiatives to address these specific challenges, and help interested countries to reinforce their relevant national export control regimes.

The activities, which will be organised by the decision’s implemeting agency, the Foundation for Strategic Research, include three regional HCoC outreach seminars in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; outreach events and workshops in New York, Geneva, and Vienna, in the margins of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament, the COPUOUS, and the HCoC Annual Regular Meeting; and awareness-building sessions in Paris, Brussels, and Moscow bringing together governmental, industrial, and academic experts.

The decision reflects the Union’s continuing support for the Code and the renewal of its ambition to further promote the universality of the Code, enhance it and improve its implementation. Beyond HCoC, the continued proliferation of ballistic missiles capable of delivering WMD constitutes a cause of growing concern for the international community, in particular ongoing missiles programmes in the Middle- East, North-East Asia and South Asia, including Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a threat that the EU deems to be severe and pressing, and which the EU thus seeks to robustly tackle.

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