Monday, 08 December 2014

Joint Conference Church and Development (GKKE) demands implementation of announced change of course in arms exports policy

On 8 December the GKKE launched the “Arms exports report 2014” at the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin. In its Report 2014 it lauds the major decrease in arms exports licences to third states that amounted to euro 18 million in the first half of 2013 to euro 1.4 million in the same period in 2014.

The fact that a change of course is possible shows the withdrawal of the export licence for the delivery of a combat training centre to Russia or rather the stop of its actual delivery in August 2014. It is, however, unacceptable that the share of export licences to third countries outside of the EU and NATO has reached a record high with 63 per cent - according to figures from the first half of 2014. A worrying development is the still rising importance of North African states and countries from the Middle East as recipient countries of German arms exports as is shown, for instance, by the continued support for a licence of a production site for the Fuchs armoured vehicle in Algeria.

Press release (in German)

Rüstungsexportbericht 2014 (in German)

Statement Jan Grebe, Chair of the expert group on arms exports of the GKKE (in German)