Council Decision in support of the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons activities to assist clean-up work at a former chemical weapons storage site in Libya in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The attached document seeks to authorise the provision of EU CFSP funding to
the Organisation for the Prohibtion of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for assisting
in the clean-up operations at a former chemical weapons storage site in Libya.
2. The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention
(CWC). The OPCW has 192 States Parties, who are working together to
achieve a world free from chemical weapons. They share the collective goal of
preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby
strengthening international security.
3. In February 2014, Libya completed the destruction of Category 1 chemical
weapons (CW) at their Ruwagha facility. In 2016, Libya transferred Category 2
CW (chemical precursors) for destruction in Germany, under international
agreement. The original, now empty, storage tanks (45 tanks) remain in various
states of decay at Ruwagha site. In addition, approximately 350 tons of effluents
from the hydrolysis of distilled sulfur mustard are also stored at the Ruwagha site,
and a number of those containers are leaking. This project provides funding to the
Ofor the destruction of the remaining decanted tanks and environmental clean-up at

Topic  Common Foreign and Security Policy 
Department  FCO 
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