One of the European Defence Agency’s aims is to strengthen the European arms industry, including through public funding for research in arms technology.
European arms exports have steadily increased over the past decade. One reason for this is the liberalisation of European export policy. A 2009 directive substantially facilitated the trade of military equipment between EU member states.
While the Middle-East is burning, the EU arms export to the region is at its highest level ever”, says one of the activists. “The fact that European politicians are meeting with the CEOs of the arms industry behind closed doors is, therefore, unacceptable.”
Bram Vranken, Vredesactie