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Details of the EU Council Regulation dated 2 October 2003 which extends the existing arms embargo on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On the 29 September 2003, the Council of the European Union decided by Common Position 2003/680/CFSP to implement the UNSCR 1493(2003) imposing an arms embargo and an embargo on assistance, advice or training related to military activities against all foreign and Congolese armed groups operating in the territory of North and South Kivu and of Ituri in the DRC.
Council Regulation (EC) No 1727/2003, which entered into force on 2 October 2003 and is directly applicable in all EU Member States, extends the existing EU arms embargo by imposing a prohibition on providing financial assistance for the sale, supply, transfer or export of arms or related material of all types to any person, entity or body in the DRC; it also prohibits the provision, directly or indirectly of technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities; also the participation, knowingly and intentionally, in activities the object or effect of which is, directly or indirectly, to promote such a transaction and implements and extends, at the EU level, provisions of UNSCR 1493 (2003). As is standard with such embargoes exceptions are made in respect of provisions related to the export of non-lethal military equipment for humanitarian or protective use.
The provisions of the EC Regulation in respect of licensing, enforcement and penalties the DTI are implemented in the following Regulation which came into force on 6th February 2004.
This notice is for information purposes only and has no force in law. Please note where legal advice is required exporters should make their own arrangements.
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