Brussels, 16/12/2014

Joint Press Release on EU-US High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control

The EU and the US met on 12 December 2014 in Brussels for a High level Dialogue on Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Control. The US Delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Tom Countryman and by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Anita Friedt. On the EU side, the meeting was chaired by EEAS Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Jacek Bylica, and it included senior officials from 28 EU Member States.

The EU and the US had extensive and very constructive discussions on the following topics:

The European security environment; the preparations for the 2015 NPT Review Conference and possible contributions for a successful outcome of the Conference as well as on the recently held Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons; and various regional issues related to the NPT and the process on a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East; the way forward for the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Hague Code of Conduct, including support for its implementation and universalisation; the ongoing preparatory process for the first Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty; the objectives for the 2016 BTWC Review Conference; the issue of preventing proliferation financing; as well as the plans for advancing the draft International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.

Both sides agreed to continue their very fruitful cooperation as long-time partners with a shared interest in promoting international security, non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control.