‘Fanning the Flames: how the EU is fuelling a new arms race’ – New report

17th March 2022By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, lobbying and revolving doors, Press release

We release today our new report ‘Fanning the Flames: how the EU is fuelling a new arms race’, in collaboration with TNI Days after European leaders agreed to drastically increase military spending at the Versailles Summit,our report reveals how the EU’s first defence programmes worth almost €600 million are marred in conflicts of interest, corruption allegations, and fall significantly short of meeting the most … Read More

17/03, 11am CET: ENAAT and TNI launch new report on EU Defence Fund implementation

14th March 2022By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, lobbying and revolving doors, Press release

Las week at the  ‘Versailles informal Summit’, EU leaders agreed to “bolstering [their] defence capabilities” by “increasing substantially defence expenditures” and focusing on investment and collaborative development of capabilities. In other words, more money should be poured to the arms industry for developing weaponry. ENAAT and TNI are publishing on Thursday 17 March a very timely … Read More

Italian government revokes bomb export licenses to Saudi Arabia and UAE

1st February 2021By Laëtitia SédouMiddle East, Press release

“The Italian government revokes bomb export licenses to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: civil society organizations welcome the decision  The export of Italian weapons used in the horrific conflict in Yemen has been permanently stopped. These exports were authorized by licenses issued by the Italian export authority UAMA after the conflict in Yemen … Read More

Activists protest presence of war criminals at European conference

28th November 2019By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

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 … Read More

EU Defence Fund provisional agreement sets dangerous precedent against democratic functioning of the EU

26th March 2019By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

Yesterday the Industry & Research Committee (ITRE) of the European parliament (EP) adopted the provisional agreement reached with the EU Council on a European Defence Fund for 2021-2027. As it currently stands, this compromise text sets a dangerous precedent against the democratic functioning of the EU and in particular against the oversight role of the … Read More