The European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) is an informal network of European peace groups working together in research, lobbying and public campaigning. We see the arms trade as a threat to peace, security and development, and the arms industry as a driving force behind increasing military exports.
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.
Today, arms industry representatives and European policy makers are meeting at the European Defence Agency’s annual conference: “Taking European Defence Cooperation to the Next Level”. A Freedom of Information request filed by the Belgian NGO Vredesactie shows that more than 230 arms company representatives received an invitation to the conference. A dozen NGOs and peace organisations […]
18th November 2019
the latest Newsletter of the ENAAT EU programme is available here: ENAAT NBB 2019-4_15.11.2019 News items: EU Commission 2019-2024: controversial French Commissioner to lead new DG Defence Industry & Space main outcomes of EU Defence Ministers meeting of 12 November possible postponement of next MFF would also postpone Defence Fund 2021-2027 Adoption of EU Annual […]
Press release New report shows complicity of European states in war in Yemen A report published today by the peace organisation Vredesactie shows the full extent of European arms exports to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The war has led to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and has been mostly sustained by European […]