The government already makes case-by-case decisions on arms exports on the basis of the “Political Principles of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Export of War Weapons and Other Military Equipment” from the year 2000 and the “Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008 defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment”.

In the case of each application the Federal Government conducts a very thorough examination in the light of the situation in the region and the relevant country, the upholding of peace, security and stability in the region, and the observance of human rights.

Former Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel has stated clearly that the arms trade is not a tool of economic policy. The Federal Government faces up to its responsibility and pursues a more restrictive export control policy on military equipment, paying very careful attention to all significant aspects.