Overview of advisory notes

  • 26/01/2012 Advice concerning the draft for a Flemish Arms Trade Act

    On 21 November 2011, the Flemish Government submitted a draft Arms Trade Act to the Flemish Parliament. This act should establish a legal framework for the Flemish arms trade (after regionalization of the competences on arms trade in Belgium in 2003, Belgian law remained valid pending regional legislation) and implement EU Directive 2009/43/EC, among others. In the run-up to this draft act, in May 2011 the Peace Institute was already asked for an advice concerning the preliminary draft of the act. Pursuant to this advice (see below), the Peace Institute is now also formulating recommendations for the eventual draft act submitted to the parliament. In general, the Peace Institute finds this to be a balanced draft act. The Institute has, however, formulated several crucial points of interest with regard to monitoring end-use, the scope of application (cf. the Common Military List of the European Union), terms of use of general licences, certification of companies and transparency. (Advice in Dutch)

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  • 03/06/2011 Advice concerning the preliminary draft for a Flemish Arms Trade Act

    On 4 May 2011, the Flemish Peace Institute received a request from the President of the Flemish Parliament to provide advice on the preliminary draft Act concerning the import, export and transit of firearms, ammunition, defence-related materials, the associated technology and other equipment specifically intended for military use or for law enforcement purposes.

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  • 16/05/2011 Advice concerning the annual report of the Flemish Government about the Flemish foreign arms trade in 2010

    This advice highlights a few important elements in the Flemish Government’s report about licences issued and denied for arms, ammunition and equipment specifically intended for military use or for law enforcement and associated technology, that was submitted to the Flemish Parliament on 13 April 2011.

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  • 22/12/2010 Advice concerning the international declaration on Flanders Fields

    As an integral part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Flemish authorities, in concert with like-minded foreign partners, intend to sign the International Declaration on Flanders Fields, which calls on all states to uphold the memory of ‘the Great War'. In this advisory note, the Flemish Peace Institute scrutinizes the current draft text of this declaration.

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