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Space Technologies - Series (11) - Technical assistance

Today, part 11 - Technical assistance related to space technologies

Where space technology is classified as a defence-related product, the provision of technical assistance is prohibited where it is linked to certain military end-uses.

This prohibition concerns any operator (natural or legal person residing or established in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) who provides, directly or indirectly, technical assistance, including in an oral form,

  • outside the European Union

  • for the benefit of a national of a country other than a Member State of the European Union,

in the form of:

  • instruction

  • training

  • transmission of working knowledge or skills

  • consulting services

related to

  • repairs

  • development

  • manufacture

  • assembly

  • testing

  • maintenance, or

  • any other technical service


  • it is or may be intended to contribute to the development, production, handling, operation, maintenance, storage, detection, identification or dissemination of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or the development, production, maintenance or storage of missile capable of delivering such weapons; or

  • the country of destination is subject to an arms embargo decided by a common position or joint action adopted by the Council of the European Union, or a decision of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or imposed by a binding resolution of the United Nations Security Council, and, if such technical assistance is or may be related to a military end-use.

No prohibition applies to technical assistance provided to Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America. No prohibition applies, as well, for technical assistance where it takes the form of transferring information that is in the public domain or constitutes basic scientific research, or for technical assistance where it is in oral form and not related to one or more export control regime, bodies and treaties.

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