EU ATT OP II - Fifth Roadmap (Online) Activity for Georgia
The Fifth Roadmap Activity for Georgia took place on 30 March to 01 April 2021 in the framework of the EU Arms Trade Treaty Outreach Project (EU ATT OP II), based on Council Decision 2017/915/CFSP. The main objective of this meeting was to focus on the topics of general and global licenses, record keeping, investigation and prosecution as well as the use and practical cases of the application of the Common Military List. In 2020, Georgia has restructured its licensing department in the Ministry of Defence and is thus focusing on training the responsible licensing officers. Eight participants from the Georgian Military-technical issues Department in the Ministry of Defence attended all three days of the roadmap activity. The first day of the workshop kicked off with a presentation on general and global licenses followed by an extensive Q&A-session, which was continued on the second workshop day. The second session focused on the use and practical examples of the application of the Common Military List. The second day continued the discussion of general/global licenses before going over to record keeping. Here the obligations both for the licensing authority and companies were discussed. A roundtable discussion provided the opportunity to address other questions and challenges Georgia is facing. The third day then completely tackled the topic investigation and prosecution. Here, the expert speaker held an introductory presentation on the topic and then discussed several case studies jointly with the participants, who also shared some cases of their own. Throughout all three seminar days, the participants and experts actively engaged in discussions, in which often Georgia shared some of the challenges they are facing in applying export controls, for which the experts provided further background materials and likewise shared their own national approaches and experiences. BAFA and the Georgian focal point remain in close contact to assess if an additional online activity would be beneficial for the partner country. The activity was supported by three experts from Germany, the Netherlands and Romania and was organized by the implementing agency BAFA.
The goal of 'EU ATT Outreach Project (EU ATT-OP)', as part of the European Union Partner-to-Partner (EUP2P) Export Control Programme, is to support the effective implementation of the ATT. Upon request, the project will support a number of States in strengthening their arms transfer control systems with a view to being able to implement the ATT. The project also aims to increase awareness and ownership of the ATT at national and regional levels and therein contribute to its universalisation. A second edition of the project was initiated on 29 May 2017 by Council Decision 2017/915 and it is co-implemented by BAFA and Expertise France.The EU ATT Outreach Project has three different components: 1) Tailored National Assistance Programmes; 2) Ad-hoc Activities; and 3) Regional Seminars. National assistance programmes are developed in close cooperation with partner countries. Key elements of national assistance programmes are: an initial needs assessment visit; inclusive roadmap development; and, practical support follow up activities.