Mapping the arms trade

Knowledge is power. Few people know that the European member states taken as a whole is one of the biggest arms exporters in the world. On the international stage Europe likes to present itself as a continent that stands for democracy and peace, but this façade does not correspond to reality.

Did you know that the EU wants to allocate more than 40 billion euros to the research, development and procurement of new arms? That the arms industry is trying to hijack the European Defence policy? Read all about it on this page.

Pressdossier: Vredesactie files complaint with European Ombudsman for overrepresenting arms industry

“Europe has to toughen up”. With that phrase, the president of the European Commission Juncker fired the starting gun for an unprecedented militarisation of the European project. The European Defence Fund, a 13-billion-euro military research fund, is the result of that. Research shows that the arms industry is overrepresented in the decision making of the fund, and that a total lack of transparency characterises its implementation. In the run-up to the annual conference of the European Defence Agency, Vredesactie files a complaint with the European Ombudsman.

Read the dossier here.

Securing profits - How the arms lobby is hijacking Europe’s defence policy

This report documents the symbiotic relationship between the arms industry and the EU institutions and the effect of this relationship on the creation of a European Defence Fund.

40 billion euros. That’s how much the European Union wants to spend on the research, development and procurement of new weapons during the next 10 years. The establishment of the European Defence Fund is an unprecedented acceleration in the militarization of the EU and only serves one purpose: sustaining the competitiveness of the arms industry. The question, which weapons should be developed and if they are actually needed, is not even asked.

The decision making process was heavily dominated by corporate interests. Civil society nor the European Parliament were given any substantial input on these far reaching decisions. Based on disclosed EU documents, Vredesactie shows how the arms industry had access to every stage of the decision making process, from setting the agenda to drawing up the modalities of the military research programmes.

Read the report here.