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A Bulgarian National Program to Implement Arms Export Controls and Combat Small Arms Proliferation
 
The workshop, held on 14 May 2003, builds on Bulgaria's progress in strengthening arms export controls. It assessed the feasibility of developing a Bulgarian National Action Program for any additional steps required for the effective implementation of arms export controls and measures to combat small arms proliferation.

The meeting was attended by representatives from relevant Bulgarian government departments, such as the Ministries of Economy, Defense,Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well as customs officials and border guards. Participants from the UK included representatives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and HM Customs & Excise. NGO experts addressed the role of civil society in the development and implementation of future actions.

The first part of the seminar discussed the findings of the national assessment conducted by the Task Force of policy advisers and practioners coordinated by the Center for the Study of Democracy. The second sought to reach consensus on the main elements of an Action Program and its implementation. An immediate outcome of the seminar was the development of a consultation document on the main elements of the Bulgarian National Action Program. This document drew on the national and international commitments to which Bulgaria is bound, as well as the Task Force's national assessment and the discussions and proposals made during the meeting.

The work of the CSD Task Force was presented by Prof. Tilcho Ivanov, lecturer in the National and Regional Security Department, University for National and World Economy, and Mr. Boyko Todorov, CSD Program Director.

The seminar was organised by Saferworld and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria in collaboration with the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and took place in the Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.


Assessment of SALW export control
Round table discussion on SALW export control - March 28, 2003
 
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