On 10 May, the Council of the European Union adopted a revised version of the EU’s Dual-Use Regulation. This is the first major reform to the structure of the EU’s export control regime since 2009.

The text, which was passed by the European Parliament on 26 March, has been under negotiation for five years and was agreed in November 2020 (see our previous blog post).  Key changes include two new general export authorisations, stricter controls on cyber-surveillance and technical assistance, changes to the licensing framework, and provisions allowing for increased co-ordination between Member States. We will be issuing a client alert with a fuller analysis of the changes.

We expect the revised Regulation to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union shortly. The new rules will take effect on the 90th day following publication.

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