The Finnish Act on export control of dual-use items to be reformed. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has launched a project to reform the legislation governing the export control of dual-use items. The purpose is to enact national legislation that complements the EU’s new Export Control Regulation and to bring the current legislation up to date in other respects, too. Current Act on export control of dual-use items is enacted 1996.
The new Export Control Regulation took effect in September 2021, replacing an earlier EU regulation on export control of dual-use items. The new Regulation introduced some new elements, such as an export authorisation requirement for cyber-surveillance items and extended the criteria for end-use controls. These new elements require that in certain situations the export concerned may be made subject to authorisation.
The aim for the legislative reform is to create a coherent body of national and EU legislation. The reform will clarify the processes of export control and help export control authorities in their work. However, based on the view of the Finnish Foreign Ministry the new reforms will also benefit Finnish companies exporting dual-use items due to the administrative amendments to be made.
The bill is due to be submitted to Parliament in autumn 2023, and the new act is due to enter into force in spring 2024.
Stakeholders will be consulted during drafting.
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