The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.

Panel discussion: Reducing the firepower of criminals and terrorists

12:30 - 13:30

Reducing the firepower of criminals and terrorists: The new EU Strategy to combat the illicit proliferation of firearms

The illicit proliferation of firearms is a global security, humanitarian and development challenge: it fuels conflicts, undermines the rule of law, and gives rise to a culture of impunity. Therefore, efforts to eradicate the illicit trade of firearms and their ammunition should be high on the European agenda. As global manufacturers and exporters of firearms the EU and its Member States need to coordinate their actions and initiatives to prevent that powerful weapons end up in the hands of terrorists and criminals.

The panel discussion will focus on the EU’s measures to combat illicit firearms and Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) proliferation such as the development and promotion of international normative frameworks and the support for international cooperation. Dr Elke Devroe, director of the Flemish Peace Institute, will moderate the panel discussion which includes:

12.30-1.30 pm in the Flemish Parliament, Rik Wouters conference room, entrance via Visitors’ Centre Flemish Parliament IJzerenkruisstraat/ Rue de la Croix de fer 99.

Doors open at 11.45 am, lunch will be provided.

Please register by sending  an e-mail with your name, date of birth and affiliation to before the 1st of April.