EUP2P Outreach Project II - First Roadmap Activity in Colombia
Within the framework of the ATT Outreach Project II (ATT-OP II), this First Roadmap Activity for Colombia, implemented by BAFA, took place in Bogotá from 31 January to 1 February 2018. This meeting officially inaugurated the participation of Colombia in the second phase of the ATT Outreach Project and had as a main goal to assess the status quo of the national implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. During the two-day workshop current challenges such as diversion, illicit trafficking and reporting obligations were analysed and ways to address them were discussed. At the end of the workshop strategies and priorities for future roadmap activities were evaluated. The organisers were supported by four experts in the field of export control, security matters, international arms transfer, illicit trafficking and tracing issues and international relations from Germany, Spain and United Nations.
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.