This week, the environmental and human rights organizations Facing Finance and Urgewald published the “ExitArms” database: www.exitarms.org. It is the first publicly available, global database on companies supplying arms to warring states. The launch is supported by ENAAT, the European Network Against Arms Trade. So far, the database covers the years 2015 to 2020. It … Read More
Latest issue of the ENAAT EU Newsletter
The latest issue of the Newsletter “News from the Brussels’ bubble” is out. Read it here Main news items: – EDF news: main priorities include environmental transition, possible budget increase – Defend-EU’ plan: EU funding for joint acquisitions, institutional rivalries – Peace Facility News In short: – EP reports on defence: from Ukraine to AI … Read More
Europe’s Day, the EU at a crossroads: choosing peace or militarizing?
09 May 2022, Brussels, Barcelona On Europe’s day, the Global Campaign on Military Spending and the European Network Against Arms Trade call the EU to revert back to its initial aim: preserving and promoting peace through non-violent means. The EU should choose peace and stop feeding the global arms race. … Read More
ENAAT Newsletter: Strategic Compass and sustainable finance a boon for the arms industry
the latest ENAAT newsletter, ‘News from the Brussels’ Bubble’ provides an overview of EU defence-related initiatives taken over the last two months, how they are connected and what it says about priorities, from the Strategic Compass to the Versailles Declaration and the EC Defence Package. It also shows what the next battle of the arms … Read More
Statement: the EU Strategic Compass, a boon for the arms industry
On 21 March 2022, Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU adopted the Strategic Compass, after 2 years of negotiations. Meant to be a kind of White Paper on Defence for the EU, it now remains to be seen to what extent the political commitments will actually be kept. However, what is certain is … Read More
‘Fanning the Flames: how the EU is fuelling a new arms race’ – New report
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
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
Lobby transparency: all groups should report lobby expenses the same way
ENAAT has co-signed with over 20 organisations a letter to EU Commissioner Jorouva, calling her to boost lobby transparency. In particular private companies and non-profit organisations should report lobby expenses the same way. The current proposal would over-represent expenses from non-profit organisations like ENAAT (by declaring their total budget), while private companies could report only … Read More
French Presidency of the EU and European defence: serving French military interests?
France holds the EU presidency for the next six months, and European defence is one of the government’s top priorities, although the subject is less discussed in the media. French President Emmanuel Macron poses as the spearhead of a ‘strong’ and united Europe, but in practice it is mainly a matter of promoting French strategic … Read More
Présidence française de l’UE et Europe de la défense: au service d’intérêts militaires français?
La France préside l’Union Européenne pour 6 mois, et la défense européenne fait partie des grandes priorités du gouvernement, bien que le sujet soit moins évoqué dans les médias. Emmanuel Macron se pose en fer de lance d’une Europe ‘forte’ et unie, mais en pratique il s’agit surtout de favoriser les intérêts stratégiques et industriels … Read More