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Minister will keep a closer eye on manufacturers of military equipment

On Tuesday, the government will present a bill in the Folketing that will ensure better control of companies and who they trade with.

It must help prevent cases such as the one with Danish Terma, which has been reported to the police for having defied a ban on exporting military equipment for use in the war in Yemen.

This is what Minister of Trade and Industry Simon Kollerup (S) says.

– We on the part of the government are very keen to prevent cases like this from occurring in the future, he says.

According to TV2, Terma, which among other things produces defense equipment, has been reported to the police for having supplied equipment for the civil war in Yemen.

The starting point of the case is that in 2018, due to the situation in Yemen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began to block all exports of military equipment for use in the war in Yemen.

But despite the ban, Terma has subsequently provided services and spare parts for equipment used in the war.

To avoid similar situations in the future, the government will increase its control over Danish companies with its bill.

– This applies both in relation to notified inspections, but also in relation to being able to carry out unannounced inspection visits to the companies as something new.

– We hope this can have a good and positive preventive effect, so we avoid seeing this kind of case in the future, says Simon Kollerup.

The inspections will, among other things, involve a review of the companies’ customer registers.

In this way, the authorities can gain insight into who the companies sell their goods to.

In relation to the case with Terma, the Minister calls it “a serious matter”.

He does this, among other things, on the grounds that one must be able to have confidence that Danish companies do not sell products for which they are not licensed.

– This is a serious case, and the Danish Business Authority has informed me that the specific company has been reported to the police, and then the case runs from there, says Simon Kollerup.

In a written statement from Terma, it is stated that it is still the company’s opinion that the export in question has taken place in full accordance with applicable Danish and international rules.

– We look forward to the authorities’ continued investigation of the case.

– While the cases are being assessed by the police, Terma has no further comments, the company writes.

This is what Minister of Trade and Industry Simon Kollerup (S) says.

– We on the part of the government are very keen to prevent cases like this from occurring in the future, he says.

According to TV2, Terma, which among other things produces defense equipment, has been reported to the police for having supplied equipment for the civil war in Yemen.

The starting point of the case is that in 2018, due to the situation in Yemen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began to block all exports of military equipment for use in the war in Yemen.

But despite the ban, Terma has subsequently provided services and spare parts for equipment used in the war.

To avoid similar situations in the future, the government will increase its control over Danish companies with its bill.

– This applies both in relation to notified inspections, but also in relation to being able to carry out unannounced inspection visits to the companies as something new.

– We hope this can have a good and positive preventive effect, so we avoid seeing this kind of case in the future, says Simon Kollerup.

The inspections will, among other things, involve a review of the companies’ customer registers.

In this way, the authorities can gain insight into who the companies sell their goods to.

In relation to the case with Terma, the Minister calls it “a serious matter”.

He does this, among other things, on the grounds that one must be able to have confidence that Danish companies do not sell products for which they are not licensed.

– This is a serious case, and the Danish Business Authority has informed me that the specific company has been reported to the police, and then the case runs from there, says Simon Kollerup.

In a written statement from Terma, it is stated that it is still the company’s opinion that the export in question has taken place in full accordance with applicable Danish and international rules.

– We look forward to the authorities’ continued investigation of the case.

– While the cases are being assessed by the police, Terma has no further comments, the company writes.

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