In the area of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), the EU continues to implement its 2005 SALW Strategy that focuses on combating the accumulation and illicit trade in SALW and their ammunition. A number of concrete actions and projects are being supported by the EU under various financial instruments such as, in South East Europe, projects on improved stockpile management, destruction of SALW surplus and weapons collection campaigns and, in the Sahel region, projects improving the security of arms and ammunition stockpiles and a project investigating illegal trade and diversion patterns.
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (CBRN: chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) was identified in the 2003 European Security Strategy as one of the most serious threats to EU’s security. On the external dimension and guided by its dedicated 2003 Strategy against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the EU continues its active international engagement based on the principles of effective multilateralism, close cooperation with key partners and third countries, and effective and complementary use of all available instruments and financial resources in support of concrete projects. Internally the EU is implementing the 2009 CBRN Action Plan which aims to reduce the threat of, and damage from CBRN incidents of accidental, natural and intentional origin, including terrorist acts. Its 124 actions cover prevention, detection, preparedness and response, in the CBRN areas.