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First edition of the Italian Forum on Export Control of Dual-Use Items and Technologies

The first edition of the Italian Forum on Export Control of Dual-Use Items and Technologies was held yesterday at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The topic of the forum is highly relevant, and since the beginning of his mandate, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, has launched an advisory process to review, together with the other ministries concerned, the conditions governing the issuance of authorisations for the export of military items.

Organised by the Italian National Authority UAMA – responsible for export control of dual-use items and technologies and of goods subject to anti-torture regimes and EU sanctions – in cooperation with ASSONIME (Association of Italian Joint Stock Companies), the event was attended by high-profile representatives from institutions (Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency, National Cybersecurity Agency, Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy, and Defence General Staff), industry, academia and research.

In his opening speech, Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Edmondo Cirielli, stated that “when it comes to export control systems for dual-use items and technologies, Italy’s concern for its own national security and that of its allies must be carefully balanced with the legitimate promotion of its defence industry, which plays a fundamental role”.

During the day’s proceedings, the international geopolitical framework in which the export control system operates, recent developments in the EU and national regulatory framework, and the current situation and future prospects of export control in Italy and Europe were discussed in depth.