EU documents on the proliferation of WMDs and their means of delivery

Council Decision 2014/913/CFSPHCoC III Decision EN of 15 December 2014 in support of the Hague Code of Conduct and ballistic missile non-proliferation in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.


New lines for action 2013Council Conclusions on ensuring the continued pursuit of an effective EU policy on the new challenges presented by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems (21 October 2013).


CELEX-32012D0423-EN-TXT_Page_1Council Decision 2012/423/CFSP of 23 July 2012 in support of ballistic missile non-proliferation in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and of the Council Common Position 2003/05/CFSP (OJ L 196, 24.7.2012, p. 74).


HCoC I EU Council Decision 2008Council Decision 2008/974/CFSP of 18 December 2008 in support of the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (OJ L 345, 23.12.2008, p. 91).


New lines for action 2008New lines for action by the European Union in combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, adopted by the Council on 8 December 2008. The Council agreed in December 2010 to prolong their implementation period until the end of 2012.

« The EU undertakes to continue and intensify action to support the treaty regime (joint actions which have been adopted or are in the course of adoption to support the IAEA, the CTBTO and the safeguarding of radioactive sources), the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological Weapons Convention, Resolution 1540, the Hague Code of Conduct (plan to make the HCOC universal and financial support for setting up a secure internal HCOC data processing system), code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources the guidance on imports and exports of  radioactive sources, further diplomatic démarches to be envisaged in favour of the entry into force of the CTBT and the universalisation of BTWC, CWC, the amended convention of the physical protection of nuclear material and demarches, and in favour of starting negotiations on FMCT. »


EU Council Common Position 2003Council Common Position 2003/805/CFSP of 17 November 2003 on the universalisation and reinforcement of multilateral agreements in the field of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and means of delivery (OJ L 302, 20.11.2003, p. 34).

« The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation is an important tool against the growing proliferation of ballistic missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. The Code establishes fundamental principles where previously there were none and represents a crucial step towards a possible multilateral arrangement to prevent ballistic missiles proliferation. The EU will:

– convince as many countries as possible to subscribe to it, especially those with ballistic missile capabilities,

– work together with other subscribing States to develop further and implement the Code, in particular the confidence building measures provided for in the Code,

– promote, where possible and appropriate, a closer relationship between the Code and the UN system. » (article 8)


EU Strategy Against the Proliferation of WMD 2003EU Strategy against proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, adopted by the European Council on 12 December 2003. Chapter III contains a list of measures that need to be taken both within the Union and in third countries to combat such proliferation.

« The EU is committed to the multilateral treaty system, which provides the legal and normative basis for all non-proliferation efforts. The EU policy is to pursue the implementation and universalisation of the existing disarmament and non-proliferation norms. To that end, we will pursue the universalisation of the NPT, the IAEA Safeguard agreements and protocols additional to them, the CWC, the BTWC, the HCOC, and the early entry into force of the CTBT. » (paragraph 16)