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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Ross Evans is a member of the EU, Competition and Trade team in London, who specialises in advising companies in the technology, telecoms, engineering, and fintech sectors on how to manage a rapidly changing landscape of competition/antitrust, trade law, and national security and investment regimes. He regularly advises clients in relation to UK public interest intervention rules and national security and investment issues, and on global foreign investment review strategy, leveraging his expertise in trade and export control laws and competition merger control regimes, and an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies.