Council Decision to amend Decision 2015/259/CFSP to support activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

1. The attached document seeks authorisation to extend the duration of and introduce other amendments to Council Decision 2015/259/CFSP that sets out existing EU sponsored activities to support the OPCW.

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 2015, the Council adopted Decision 2015/259/CFSP providing 36-months of support for the OPCW. This mandate expires on 23 March 2018. The OPCW made a formal request in January 2018 to extend the duration of Decision 2015/259/CFSP for 9 months. The OPCW specified that continuing the activities would require no additional funding

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  1. 8 February 2018 Duncan-Boswell - 181 KB - pdf
  2. 8 February 2018 Duncan-Cash - 180 KB - pdf
  3. EM on Council Decision - 249 KB - pdf

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