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L'articolo 296 Tce e la regolamentazione dei mercati della difesa


Article 296 of the Treaty of European Communities (TEC) has effects in matters where the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy intersects with the industrial and trade policies of the member states. Like other derogations, Article 296 deals with exceptions and must be interpreted in a restrictive manner. This issue of IAI Quaderni claims that the broad and illegitimate interpretation of individual member states has created considerable problems, including slowing down the integration of Europe's technological and industrial base, increasing duplications and the overall costs of weapons systems, and creating an extremely complex and dishomogeneous legal framework. In order to harmonise the members states' military, industrial and trade requirements, it is hoped that Art. 296 TEC will be revised so as to facilitate the setting up of a European market in defence products.