The project aimed to improve knowledge of and expertise in:

  • illicit firearms markets in the EU
  • the networks used by terrorists to access these markets
  • the policies that have been developed, at national and EU level, aimed at preventing and combatting this phenomenon

The result of the project was a study that offers an in-depth analysis of the situation in a selection of EU Member States and focuses on the lessons we can draw from these country studies for EU policy, EU Member States and Third Countries in the EU’s neighborhood.

Thus, Project SAFTE wishes to contribute to the development of evidence-based policy initiatives for combating illicit gun markets in Europe.

Project SAFTE was coordinated by the Flemish Peace Institute. The CJS Team was contracted by our partners at Arquebus UK to conduct the case study on Romania, the first study of this kind to have been carried out.

The website of the project is available here.


January 2017 – March 2018


Project SAFTE has received funding from DG Migration and Home Affairs – European Commission (Internal Security Fund 2014-2020).