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By analysing the new EU Regulation 2021/821 of 20 May 2021 setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items, we have tried to identify the potential situations where an EU research laboratory might have to trigger (or not) controls on technical assistance while it is hosting researchers originating from non-EU Member States.

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The European Studies Unit has issued a new article on academic proliferation authored by Dr. Professor Q. Michel. Abstract: The principle that universities are only conducting fundamental research is not accurate any more even if it was the case previously. The revelation of academic proliferation cases in the seventies and the development of virtual means of transfer have slowly constrained States authorities to change their policy regarding the control of university research activities.

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On 23 September 2021, the European Commission has published the Recommendation (EU) 2021/1700 of 15 September 202 on internal compliance programmes for controls of research involving dual-use items under Regulation (EU) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items.

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Scientific research has to comply inter alia with international and national legislations related to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). In this respect, the SFIC’s Opinion invites, in recommendation 14, research organisations to contribute to raising awareness on the delicate question of dual-use.
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The ESU has initiated a research on countries that have adopted totally or partially the EU dual-use control list established in Annex I of the Council Regulation (EC) 428/2009 of 5 May 2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items.

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She will carry out post-doctoral research during the next academic year at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Her research will focus on the European Union's crisis communication as a tool for strengthening and consolidating its legitimacy.