Panel discussion: Reducing the firepower of criminals and terrorists


Reducing the firepower of criminals and terrorists: The new EU Strategy to combat the illicit proliferation of firearms

The illicit proliferation of firearms is a global security, humanitarian and development challenge: it fuels conflicts, undermines the rule of law, and gives rise to a culture of impunity. Therefore, efforts to eradicate the illicit trade of firearms and their ammunition should be high on the European agenda. As global manufacturers and exporters of firearms the EU and its Member States need to coordinate their actions and initiatives to prevent that powerful weapons end up in the hands of terrorists and criminals.

The panel discussion will focus on the EU’s measures to combat illicit firearms and Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) proliferation such as the development and promotion of international normative frameworks and the support for international cooperation. Dr Elke Devroe, director of the Flemish Peace Institute, will moderate the panel discussion which includes:

  • Dr Sibylle Bauer, Director of Studies for Armament and Disarmament at SIPRI, and chair of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) will introduce both the topic and the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium.
  • Frank Meeussen, Policy Officer on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Export Control at the European External Action Service will elaborate on the new EU strategy to combat the illicit proliferation of firearms, SALW and their ammunition of November 2018.
  • Nils Duquet, Senior Researcher on firearms trafficking, gun violence & arms export control at the Flemish Peace Institute will present a new paper on the development of EU policy on firearms and SALW and will analyses the actions foreseen by the EU’s new Strategy.


12.30-1.30 pm in the Flemish Parliament, Rik Wouters conference room, entrance via Visitors' Centre Flemish Parliament IJzerenkruisstraat/ Rue de la Croix de fer 99.

Doors open at 11.45 am, lunch will be provided.

Please register by sending  an e-mail with your name, date of birth and affiliation to before the 1st of April.