Stricter rules for arms exports

On 29 June, the Government will refer a proposal to the Council on Legislation containing stricter export controls of military equipment. The proposal referred to the Council on Legislation largely implements the agreement reached in the 2015 inquiry on export controls of military equipment (KEX inquiry).

Under the proposal, the democratic status of the recipient country will be a key factor for granting a licence. The lower the democratic status, the less scope there will be for granting a licence. The occurrence of serious and extensive human rights violations or grave deficiencies in the recipient country's democratic status constitute an obstacle to granting a licence. The licensing process must also take into account whether the export impedes the sustainable development of the recipient country. Moreover, the proposal clarifies the principles for follow-on deliveries and international cooperation. Broad parliamentary support means that the rules should be considered long-term, thus providing the business sector predictable conditions for Swedish exports for a long time to come.

"It is a strength for Sweden that we have a broad political agreement to modernise the regulatory framework to consider more factors in the overall assessment that must always be made. The proposal involves an important tightening of the rules for arms exports, while at the same time securing the long-term prospects for the Swedish armed forces," says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

The proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration also proposes increased supervision, financial penalties for certain infringements of the regulatory framework and increased openness and transparency in issues concerning military equipment exports.

This proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration is based on an agreement between the Government and the Alliance parties.

Under the proposal, the changes will take effect on 1 April 2018.

Contact information

Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson, Swedish Social Democratic Party
Fredrik Persson +46(0)72-2141058

Pernilla Stålhammar, Swedish Green Party
Björn Lindgren +46(0)72-5865469

Hans Wallmark, Moderate Party
Anna Ståhlgren +46(0)73-0849330

Kerstin Lundgren, Centre Party
Terje Frenefalk +46(0)76-1362099

Allan Widman, Liberals
Jonatan Ohlin +46(0)72-2252784

Sofia Damm, Christian Democrats
Helena Klange +46(0)70-5265236

 

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The proposal submitted for review by the Government to the Council on Legislation is based on an agreement concluded in 2015 by the all-party committee of inquiry on export controls of military equipment (KEX inquiry), SOU 2014:83 and SOU 2015:72. Six political parties supported the agreement in the final report (Social Democratic Party, Green Party, Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberal Party and Christian Democrat Party).

Contact

Fredrik Persson
Press Secretary to Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00