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Implementation of explosives precursors legislation

Explosives precursors are chemical substances that can be used for legitimate purposes, but that can also be misused to manufacture homemade explosives. Such explosives have been used in many of the recent terrorist attacks in the EU, including those in Paris in 2015, Brussels in 2016, Manchester and Parsons Green in 2017, and Lyon in 2019. To protect citizens from the threat posed by explosives precursors, the Commission has taken a number of actions.

The Standing Committee on Precursors (SCP), an expert group chaired by the Commission and composed of representatives of Member States and of industry associations, assists the Commission in its work to facilitate and harmonise the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 98/2013. As of 1 February 2021, Regulation (EU) 2019/1148 will apply which replaces Regulation (EU) No 98/2013. The SCP will continue to assist the Commission to facilitate and harmonise the implementation of this regulation.

To monitor the outputs, results and impact of the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1148, the Commission has on 16 June 2020 adopted a monitoring programme. This programme sets out how and with what intervals data and other necessary evidence are to be collected.

Guidance materials

The Commission has issued a Guidelines document, available in all EU languages, which provides guidance to Member States’ competent authorities and to the private sector in the implementation of the requirements contained in Regulation (EU) 2019/1148..

In addition, guidance materials for economic operators have been prepared by four partner countries, through a project co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC) programme of DG Migration and Home Affairs:

Implementation in the EU/EEA Member States of Regulation (EU) No 2019/1148

All EU/EEA Member States must adopt measures and designate authorities to implement and enforce EU legislation. The following documents are revised regularly on the basis of notifications received from Member States: