The European Universities Network for Export Compliance

EUNIFEC is a strategic alliance network between Leading EU Technical Universities and Management & Business Universities with the main objectives:  

  • To promote the European Export Compliance culture by embedding and integrating at each national level, the principles, best practices, operational procedures, implementing a common risk assessment approach underpinning all export control assessments in the EU  and support the implementation of the EU Export Compliance Framework;
  • To be a technical support for public decision to National Governments Authorities and policy makers as custodian of the highest level of knowledge;
  • To establish and maintain an Expert System to assist EU National Authorities and exporters to evaluate and determine/classify if a product (for their technical content) is under EU Export Control regulations ( Dual Use, Sanctions etc.); Product conformance/compliance assessment against Regulations, directives or characteristics concerning determined activities verified by third independent accredited certifying authority/Entity. The Expert Systems is capable of verifying the characteristics of goods through a simplified user friendly procedure that can be used directly by Organizations and Public Authorities that lead to classification/certification on the basis of the statements of the description of the goods supplied by exporters.
  • Cooperation on methodological and management systems to develop Export Compliance management procedures;
  • Assessing, promoting, and establishing Academic and Master courses, with object the formation of skilled professional with Export Compliance capacity (Export Compliance Officer).

In achieving these goals EUNIFEC wants to develop the following areas for co-operation:

  • Widespread Culture of Export Compliance means the acceptance of the Compliance culture in daily life as an essential point to do business to improve international relationship and security (Playing by the rules).
  • Global Uniformity: means to have common procedures to do business and relative rules on, uniformly followed throughout the world, to prevent exports of products or transactions are affected for purposes of proliferation weapons of mass destruction or terrorist acts. the need for global uniformity in the area of Export Compliance is emergent to the largest extent possible due to the large number of global organizations with business activities in the EU, North and South America, Asia and elsewhere and organizations are looking to develop one model to apply to all their export business operations.
  • Specialized Professionals in Export Compliance means to improve a specialization in knowledge of import/export control needs. Organizations need to hire a trainer specialized on publically available information and to put in practice all the procedures needed to run business as to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or terroristic acts.
  • Enhanced inter-university networking in the provision of courses and programmes/curricula, and the production of learning materials.

The Steering Committee is chaired for year  2014/2015 by UNITO University of Turin - founded 1404 - (Management and Business) and Politecnico di Torino (Technology).

The Expert System for EU Export Regulations Product Compliance  has been in operation for  the last 24 months and is under deployment in several languages and countries in EU, along with the Accreditation of local Universities.

The first university specialization course has been approved by the competent authority in 2014 and will take place spring 2015. Many more will be planned for year  2015/2016 in many EU countries.

EIFEC mantains the General Secretariat in Brussels.