By its judgment of 5 mars 2021, the Belgian Council of State suspended, under urgent procedure, four licences of arms and defence-related material issued by the Wallon Region to Saudi Arabia. The licences proved not to be adequately justified, especially against human rights considerations.
On 2 March 2021, for the first time, the new EU export control mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines established on January has been used by a Member state to block a shipment of coronavirus vaccines
On 29 January 2021, Italy adopted a measure revoking and suspending the issuance of licences to export weapons to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The measure took immediately effect and concerns 6 authorizations for the sale of missiles and aircraft bombs.
On 29 January 2021, the COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorization was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 031I Of 30/01/2021).
On 18 November 2020, the Council published an informal version of the final compromise text of the new EU Export Control Regulation (Recast of the Dual-Use Regulation 428/2009).