The European institutions are reviewing the Regulation setting up a Union regime for the control exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items. CECIMO agrees with the need for an EU legislative intervention to modernise the current export control regime and harmonise its implementation across member states. However, CECIMO believes this proposal risks putting the legitimate European machine tool builders at a significant competitive disadvantage on a global scale, by increasing the administrative burden for the European manufacturers.
The introduction of a catch-all provision establishes an obligation of authorisation going beyond the scope of the control list. This entails delivery delays and money losses, plus it hinders the competitiveness of European machine tool builders. Leaving the judgements on illicit use to businesses creates a margin for interpretation, which can negatively affect strategic decision making, depending on the risk aversion of the companies, and entails possible business losses.
Among others, CECIMO therefore recommends:
Read our full position paper to know the Machine Tool Industry position on exports’ control.