The European Network Against Arms Trade connects groups and individuals who see the arms trade as a threat to peace, security and development, and the arms industry as a driving force behind increasing arms trade. Through research, publication, lobby and public campaigning ENAAT groups are working to limit or end the international arms trade.
The European Network Against Arms Trade is campaigning to halt the inclusion of arms industry research into the EU budget. No EU money should go to the arms industry! Research money should go to projects developing nonviolent ways of resolving and preventing conflicts, and in particular tackling root causes of instability such as climate change.
The arms business has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development. Large-scale military procurement and arms exports reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems. Although European governments claim not to export arms to countries at war or those violating human rights, European arms are sold all over the world with very few restrictions. European weapons are often exported to dictatorships or to countries at war.
EU: Don’t invest in weapons!
Halt the inclusion of arms industry research into the new EU budget. No EU money should go to military technology. Research money should go to projects developing nonviolent ways of preventing and resolving conflicts, and in particular tackling root-causes of instability.
19th October 2017
“How the arms industry is hijacking Europe’s defence policy”: a new report from Vredesactie documents the symbiotic relationship between the arms industry and the European Union institutions.
40 billion euros. That’s how much the European Union wants to spend on the research and development of new weapons during the next 10 years. The establishment of the European Defence Fund is an unprecedented acceleration in the militarization of the EU and only serves one purpose: sustaining the competitiveness of the arms industry. The […]
24th July 2017
On June 7, the European Commission proposed a text to create a “Defence Industrial Development Programme”, which would divert €500 million of the EU budget over 2019-2020, in order to fund the development of new military technology. This is on top of the €90 million already granted for military research over 2017-2019. Our national governments […]
civil society calls for EU research agenda to shift focus from private benefits to global public goods
ENAAT contributed to a “civil society perspective on the next EU research Framwork Programme (FP9)” calling for the next EU Research policy to shift its focus from jobs, growth and competitiveness, including subsidies for the arms industry, to delivering global public goods for its citizens. “The EU is a peace project. There can be no […]