Vienna outreach side event on HCoC

6 June 2017

On 6 June 2017, the FRS organised, on behalf of the European Union, an outreach event in support of both the HCoC and ballistic missile non-proliferation. This meeting took place at the Vienna International Centre in the margins of the HCoC annual meeting of subscribing states.



  • Alexandre HOUDAYER, Secretary General, Foundation for Strategic Research
  • Amb. Jacek BYLICA, Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, EEAS



  • Amb. Kairat SARYBAY, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the International Organisations in Vienna; Outgoing HCoC Chair
    • The role of HCoC and activities carried out during the Kazakhstani Presidency
  • Amb. Marek SZCYGIEL, Ambassador, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland; Incoming HCoC Chair
    • Perspectives for HCoC and aims for the Presidency of Poland



  • Dr. Antoine BONDAZ, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research
    • Latest developments in the DPRK’s ballistic programme and regional reactions
  • Dr. Bernd KUBBIG, Coordinator, Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East/Gulf and Adj. Prof. at Goethe University, Frankfurt
    • A Middle East perspective: The Current Situation of the Code and Steps for Improvement
  • Renaud CHATELUS, Liège University
    • From the HCoC to concrete implementation on the ground: going forward on export controls
Issue Briefs

The HCoC and Southeast Asian States

Only three out of ten Southeast Asian states have joined the HCoC to date (the Philippines, Cambodia and Singapore). This limited rate is noteworthy as Southeast Asia is increasingly concerned by the ongoing ballistic missile competition in broader Asia. Moreover, the region is actively investing to benefit from space technologies.

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Other publications

The Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation: “Lessons Learned” for the European Union Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities

Concerns about the harm caused upon orbiting space objects – whether intentional or accidental – have increased in recent years, as well as the emerging awareness that the security and safety of national satellites – of vital importance for modern societies but at the same time so vulnerable – relies on a collective effort. In December 2008 the EU responded to these concerns by adopting a Draft Code of Conduct (EU Draft CoC) for outer space activities.

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Issue Briefs

The HCoC and South Asia

India’s and Pakistan’s ballistic missiles are mostly designed as delivery vehicles for their nuclear weapons. While intrinsically linked to their national security, ballistic missiles also have regional security implications for South Asia. Non-proliferation and arms control efforts have so far been aimed at the bilateral level. Subscription to other instruments including the HCoC remains low in the region, although India joined the HCoC in 2016.

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