An overwhelming majority of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) want private security companies (PSCs) to be regulated at the European level to reduce their tasks to strictly non-combat ones and to force them to comply with EU standards on transparency, licensing, and personnel vetting. PSCs should also be added “immediately” to the EU’s common military list for purposes of export control, they said.
In a long-anticipated move, MEPs on 4 July approved by a vote of 530 to 147 and only 19 abstentions a resolution calling for EU-wide rules on PSCs. Noting that PSC should not be given any tasks that imply “the use of force or active participation in hostilities”, the resolution seeks to limit their duties to logistical support and the protection of buildings and infrastructure.
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