Reply from the WEU Council to Recommendation 297 on a European armaments policy (London, 21 November 1977)

On 21 November 1977, the Secretary-General of Western European Union (WEU) circulates a note containing the reply from the WEU Council to Recommendation 297 on a European armaments policy, which is largely based on the proposal from the French delegation (WPM(77)25/1). The Council notes that it has urged the WEU Member States to make every effort to maintain a viable European armaments industry by ensuring the interoperability of their equipment and standardisation. The Council also refers to the mandate given to the Standing Armaments Committee (SAC) to produce an analysis of the situation of European industry in the armaments sector and to the importance of the work of the independent European Programme Group (IEPG), which will be able to provide the SAC with some of the data it needs for its analysis. Finally, the Council affirms that it has always supported the initiatives of the North Atlantic Council and its dependent bodies in the areas of armaments and the standardisation and interoperability of equipment.

Source and copyright

Source: Council of the Western European Union. Secretary-General’s note. Recommendation 297 on a European Armaments policy. London: 21.11.1977. C (77) 144. 4 p.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). Western European Union Archives. Secretariat-General/Council’s Archives. 1954-1987. Organs of the Western European Union. Year: 1972, 01/02/1972-30/11/1977. File 202.411.09. Volume 1/1.

Copyright: (c) WEU Secretariat General - Secrétariat Général UEO

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