Focus – The EU and the CWC
The OPCW headquarters, The Hague
Overview of the latest EU documents, publications of the Consortium and publications from the network regarding the EU support for the implementation and the promotion of the Chemical Weapons Convention
“As further progress on destruction is made, we progressively move from disarmament of chemical weapons to preventing their re-emergence. We welcome the note by the Director-General on the future role of the Organisation. We also welcome his initiative to organise a retreat of Ambassadors on this issue that took place on 1 October. We look forward to working constructively on its conclusions. The EU wishes for a successful security and disarmament organisation that will remain relevant in front of the new challenges. In its future role, the OPCW will need to retain or enhance several of its capabilities and primarily ensure an adequate verification regime, including investigations of alleged use and challenge inspections. In this respect the effective implementation of Article VI verification regime is key in preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons. It goes without saying that the Organisation should continue to ensure that staff has the necessary skills and expertise to meet its operational requirements. The EU supports the important recommendations contained in the SAB’s Working Group Report on Verification which aim at strengthening the Chemical Weapons Convention verification regime.”
Statement on behalf of the European Union
by H.E. Pierre-Louis Lorenz (Luxembourg)
at the 18th session of the OPCW Executive Council,
The Hague, October 6, 2015
Publications of the Consortium
- Export of dual-use chemicals to Syria: an assessment of European Union export controls , Ian Anthony, NP paper No.35, January 2014, 14p.
- The European Union's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative , Alicia Mignone, NP paper No.28, June 2013, 12p.
- EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014, Second Plenary Session, Eliminating Chemical Weapons
- Third Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, Light at the end of the tunnel? The Syrian chemical weapon programme and the Iranian nuclear dossier, November 3 and 4, 2014
- EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2013 Special Session 8, Controlling Chemical Weapons
- EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2013 special Session 1, Reducing biological risks and chemical weapons threats
Publications from the network
- Syria CW destruction – who wins, who loses? , Mark Fitzpatrick, 15 October 2013
- The Geneva Agreement on Syria's Chemical Disarmament: An Important Milestone Marc Finaud, Web Editorial, GCSP, 17 September 2013
- How Effective is the US-Russia Deal on Syria? Jonathan Eyal, RUSI Analysis, 16 September 2013
- Disarming Syria: An opportunity for Russian leadership Ian Anthony, Experts Comments, September 11, 2013
- It’s Time to Revisit Iraq as Syria Offers Up Its Chemical Weapons Arsenal Paul Schulte, Radio Broadcast, September 10, 2013
- Syrian chemical weapons: from horror to diplomacy? Bernard Sitt, The Non-Proliferation Monthly's Editorial, September 2013
- The Syria vote in the British parliament Ian Anthony, Experts Comments, August 30, 2013
- "When is evidence proof?", Jean Pascal Zanders, The Non-Proliferation Monthly, June 2013
- The Non-Proliferation Monthly CWC 3rd Review Conference Special Issue, No.78, April 2013, 16p., CESIM
- Maintaining chemical peace: the CWC, the European Union, and political developments, Cindy Vestergaard, April 2013
- The Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Mohamed Daoudi, John Hart, Ajey Lele, Ralf Trapp, SIPRI Policy Paper No.35, April 2013, 48p.
- The future of the CWC in the post-destruction phase, Jean-Pascal Zanders (ed), Yasemin Balci, Richard Guthrie, Ralf Trapp, Cindy Vestergaard, EU-ISS Report N° 15, March 2013, 68p.
- Technological convergence: What impact for the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions?, Elisande Nexon (ed.), Seminar report, Inserm - FRS, Paris, 20 February 2013, 8p.
- Wilton Park Conference Report: Chemical Weapons Convention, Third Review Conference and Beyond, Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 October 2012, WP1178, 10p.
- Chemical weapons disarmament and the future of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Wilton Park Conference, Conference report for WP1079, 14p., March 2011
- Freeing the World of Chemical Weapons: the Chemical Weapons Convention at the Ten-Year Mark, Oliver Thränert & Jonathan B. Tucker, SWP Research Paper, July 2007, German Institute for International and Security Affairs