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.
2nd September 2019
Today, 61 civil society organisations active in a wide range of areas (peace, environment, human rights, science, development, health, humanitarian aid, transparency…) wrote to the Members of the newly elected European Parliament, urging them to save the EU peace project: “Since 2017, EU funds have been diverted for military-related spending, with a €590 million envelope […]
British campaigners have welcomed a Court of Appeal decision to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allowed the UK government to continue licensing the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The appeal hearing took place in April 2019. The judgment comes amidst global concern over the use of these weapons […]
15th April 2019
Ahead of a crucial vote this week in Strasbourg, ENAAT publishes a fact-sheet presenting the EU Defence Fund and what it really means for peace and for the European Union. Access the fact-sheet in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish For more detailed information, read our Online Information Tool