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Commission requests Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxemburg, Poland and United Kingdom to implement EU defence product rules

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The European Commission has today decided to request Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxemburg, Poland, and the United Kingdom to implement EU rules on defence products (Directive 2009/43/EC) into national law. The implementation deadline was 30 June 2011.<br/><br/>

Background

Fragmentation of the European defence market and divergent national approaches has caused many problems for the European defence industry. For example, national systems to control the transfer of defence equipment to another Member State, did not distinguish between exports to third countries and transfers between Member States.

Directive 2009/43/EC on intra-EU transfers of defence products is intended to alleviate these obstacles. It is a further step towards a genuine European market for defence equipment, while preserving Member States' control over their essential security interests.

Denmark has communicated national measures that partially implement the Directive. Belgium, Luxemburg, Poland, Finland and the United Kingdom have not yet communicated the adoption of any implementing legislation.

For more information on the free movement of goods

MEMO/12/464

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