Inspired by the 1995 Barcelona Declaration, and following on from the successful EU Seminar on ‘Middle East Security, WMD Non-proliferation and Disarmament’ in Paris in June 2008, the Council of the European Union decided in December 2010 to provide means for the organisation of a follow-up event designed to provide assistance for the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East. The first EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Seminar on the Middle East was subsequently held in Brussels on the 6th and 7th July 2011.

The 2011 Middle East Seminar proved a great success, and following participants’ strong encouragement for the EU’s continued involvement in the process towards the establishment of a WMDFZ in the Middle East, the EU Council decided in July 2012 to sponsor the organisation of a follow-up seminar.

The second EU Non-Proliferation Consortium Seminar “to Promote Confidence Building and in Support of a Process Aimed at Establishing a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Means of delivery in the Middle East”, took place in Brussels on the 5th and 6th November 2012.

This web page dedicated to the 2011 and 2012 Seminars seeks to provide key background information on the process to establish a Middle East WMDFZ, the parallel pertinent developments in the regional security environment, an overview of the academic literature and official institutional documents on the subject, as well as all of the relevant administrative information regarding the Seminars.