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Arms Trade Treaty

Arms Trade Treaty

An Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was initiated as a result of a UN resolution in 2006, to provide common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional weapons.

The purpose of the ATT, which was finally adopted in 2013, is to contribute to international and regional peace, security, and stability, by regulating international trade in conventional arms and eradicating the illicit arms trade.

Given that certain elements of the ATT concern matters falling under EU competence, EU countries required an authorisation by the Council, based on a proposal of the Commission, to sign and ratify the Treaty (220 kB). The treaty entered into force on 24 December 2014.

  • Proposal for a Council decision authorising Member States to sign the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Proposal for a Council decision authorising Member States to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty