By Mr Arnaud Idiart, Group French Export Compliance advisor, Airbus
This contribution written within the specific framework of improving the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, recalls the respective roles of governments and private players as well as the universal general principles of export control.
In its international dimension, export control as it works today, has gradually developed and is still developing via a process aiming for optimisation and thus compromise. To avoid fracturing the system, any new development must be guided by caution. This paper therefore extensively focuses on analysing the existing situation.
It indeed seems essential, in a field as complex and as politically and economically sensitive as security, that any proposals for lasting improvements be based on « business » foundations, described as clearly as possible.
These proposals are based on experience. They seek to be pragmatic and primarily reflect the expectations of economic operators. However, with a view to optimising a fundamentally governmental system, the writer hopes that, through this corporate vision, these findings and proposals will give lawmakers the confirmation and operational bases they may be lacking.