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Slovenia hosts a regional workshop on control of strategic goods trade

Ljubljana, 8 March 2017 – Today, a three-day regional workshop on investigating and prosecuting breaches of the rules on trade in strategic goods opened in Ljubljana, hosted by the Ministry and the US Embassy. The workshop is intended for Eastern European countries to strengthen their capacity to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ensure control of the trade in dual-use goods.


The participants will discuss current issues and trends related to export control at the national, regional and global levels, and exchange good practices on the basis of concrete examples. 


In addition to the experts from the competent Slovenian sectors, who will also comprehensively outline the Slovenian export control system, good practices will be presented by instructors from the USA and the Netherlands.


The participants were welcomed by Sabina R. Stadler, Acting Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Development Cooperation and International Law, and by Gautam Rana, Chargé d Affaires a.i. at the US Embassy in Ljubljana. 
Acting Director General Stadler underlined the importance of cooperation between countries in order to closely oversee the trade in strategic goods. In the last 25 years, Slovenia has established an effective system of export control based on cooperation between all the relevant bodies. To ensure greater security, Slovenia devotes special attention to strengthening cooperation with partner countries.


In this context, Acting Director General Stadler noted Slovenia's chairmanship of the General Working Group of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies this year, and its co-reporting role in Montenegro's efforts to become a participating state.


Trade in weapons and dual-use goods demands a most serious approach and international cooperation in investigating crimes, added Acting Director General Stadler, and presented the initiative launched by Slovenia, along with Belgium, the Netherlands, Argentina, Senegal and Mali, to adopt a new treaty on mutual legal assistance and extradition in the prosecution of the gravest international crimes at the national level.  


The workshop organised in the framework of the US Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS) is attended by representatives of seven countries in the region. This type of cooperation between Slovenia and the USA is not new, as a similar workshop was held in Ljubljana in 2015.