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Seventh Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

4 September 2018 - 5 September 2018

The Seventh Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) was held in Brussels (Borschette Center) on 4 and 5 September 2018. ​

It tackled the most pressing challenges in the Middle East (the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018) and in North East Asia (which “denuclearization” process for the DPRK after the June 2018 Singapore Summit?), the nuclear disarmament objective in a constraint strategic environment, the UN Secretary general’s disarmament agenda, the reinforcement of the chemical weapons prohibition norm after the 2017 crises, and the EU strategy against illicit small arms and light weapons.

It cannot be denied that the present context is not auspicious to progress in the non-proliferation and disarmament realm: The global environment has seen many challenges to the normative order for several years (North Korea’s withdrawal from the NPT in 2003, US and Russia’s strategic dialogue stalemate since 2014, chemical weapons use in the Syrian conflict since 2013, etc.); existing arms control and non-proliferation agreements are getting dangerously close to unravelling.

In such a context, it was widely acknowledged by the hundred participants to the meeting that the EU has a special responsibility to uphold existing regimes in a coherent, concerted and effective way, pursuant to the principle of “effective multilateralism” which has been the cornerstone of the European Strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction since 2003.




Tuesday, 4 September 2018

13:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 14:15
Welcome and introduction to the meeting
Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service

14:15 – 15:45
The revision of the EU Strategy against illicit SALW and their ammunition
Chair: Frank Meeussen, European External Action Service

– Damien Spleeters, Conflict Armament Research
– Fabio Marini, DG Home

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00
The chemical weapons non-use norm after the Special Conference of States Parties to the CWC
Chair: Christopher Daase, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

– Elisande Nexon, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
– Una Becker-Jakob, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
– Dimitris Iliopoulos, EEAS, Former EU Liaison Officer to OPCW

19:00 Dinner


Credit: FRS


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

08:15 – 08:45

08:45 – 10:45
The JCPOA after the US withdrawal
Chair: Stephan Klement, European External Action Service Iran Task Force

– Tytti Erastö, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
– Louis de Gaulle, Le Club des Juristes

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00
The DPRK crisis after the Singapore summit
Chair: Laura Rockwood, Vienna Center on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

– Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies
– Tongfi Kim, Vesalius College

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00
Nuclear disarmament, the NPT review process and the TPNW: Prospects for the EU
Chair: Ettore Greco, Istituto Affari Internazionali

– Emmanuelle Maître, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
– Bruno Hellendorff, Egmont

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:45
UNSG’s Disarmament agenda
Chair: Maria Mekri, SaferGlobe

– Renata Dwan, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
– Cristina Varriale, Royal United Services Institute
– Anne Kemppainen, EUDEL Geneva

17:45 – 18:00
Concluding remarks
Benjamin Hautecouverture, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique
Jacek Bylica, European External Action Service


4 September 2018
5 September 2018
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Borschette Center
Brussels, B-1040 Belgique



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