The 5th EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference convene in Brussels from Thursday 3 to Friday 4 November 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace, Rue Gineste 3, B-1210 Brussels. This was a significant international event, drawing governmental and non-governmental participants from both EU member states and other countries who are engaged in countering the proliferation of WMD, SALW, space weapons and delivery vehicles, as well as in promoting disarmament. The conference and associated reports were produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
The EU Non-Proliferation Consortium is managed jointly by four institutes entrusted with the project, which work in close cooperation with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The four institutes are the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in Paris, the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt (HSFK/ PRIF), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The Consortium began its work in January 2011 and forms the core of a wider network of European non-proliferation "think tanks" and research centres which will be closely associated with the activities of the Consortium.
The main aim of the network of independent non-proliferation think tanks is to encourage discussion of measures to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems within civil society, particularly among experts, researchers and academics. The scope of activities shall also cover issues related to conventional weapons. The fruits of the network discussions can be submitted in the form of reports and recommendations to the responsible officials within the European Union.