Rat der EU: Council agrees negotiating position to strengthen control of firearms

Rat der EU: Council agrees negotiating position to strengthen control of firearms

9. Juni 2016 by klauskohnen

On 10 June 2016, the Council agreed its negotiating position on the proposal for a directive on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons, which reviews and completes existing directive 91/477/EEC. On the basis of this mandate, the presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament as soon as the latter has adopted its position.

Ard van Der Steur, Minister for Security and Justice of the Netherlands and President of the Council said:

After the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers asked for a swift adoption of the directive. With this new directive the Netherlands Presidency has achieved a just and fair balance between an internal market for allowed firearms on the one hand and enhancing the security of EU citizens on the other.”

The revised directive aims at addressing certain weaknesses in the existing legislation that have been identified especially in the aftermath of the series of terrorists attacks that took place in Europe ...

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