MEPs approve report calling for tighter arms exports, embargo on Saudi Arabia

19 September 2017

The European Union should set up a new supervisory body for arms exports, while tightening its existing rules governing export criteria and reporting obligations at a national level, according to a report approved by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 13 September.

The report by Swedish MEP Bodil Valero urges the European Union to use its diplomatic delegations across the globe to verify end-user compliance. Among other demands, it calls on the 28 EU nations to clamp down on exports to conflict areas and countries such as Saudi Arabia where the risk of arms diversion is high.

“We need to shore up arms export controls.

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