Factsheet Flemish foreign arms trade 2017
In 2017 the licensed value of Flemish arms exports amounted to €106,8 million. In total, the Flemish government issued 126 individual licences for exports or transfers of defence-related goods. These numbers are in line with previous years. Main facts:
- Licensed arms transfers amounted to €107 million, which makes Flanders a minor arms exporting region compared to Wallonia and other EU Member States.
- Transfers under global and general licences represent a substantial part of the total Flemish arms trade.
- Flanders is a supplier of hightech components to the EU and US defence industries.
- The risk of human rights and international humanitarian law violations is most often used to deny export licences.