4th International Meeting of the National Focal Points of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence initiative

4th International Meeting of the National Focal Points of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence initiative

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Event date: 31/05/2016 - 02/06/2016

From the 31st of May to the 2nd of June, the National Focal Points of CBRN Centres of Excellence risk mitigation initiative gathered in La Hulpe, Belgium for the annual National Focal Points Meeting.

The meeting aimed to take stock of progress achieved within the initiative over the past year, and set further objectives. It also provided an opportunity for the regions to host round table meetings.

At the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Round Table Meeting, participants discussed the CoE tools - the Needs Assessment Questionnaire and the National Actions Plans - where the importance of these tools as capacity building activities was affirmed, and their use encouraged. The Dubai Police proposed a project in the area of nuclear incident response and forensics, with Saudi Arabia also expressing an interest in participating. Furthermore, the topic of biosafety and biosecurity was spearheaded by the On-Site-Assistance expert (Dr. Peter Clevestig), who also provided suggestions for activities that could be carried out. Finally, cross-border cooperation on emergency preparedness to CBRN incidents of an accidental nature was noted as an additional priority. 

A review of the EU P2P Export Control activities currently under way in the Gulf and Middle East regions was also presented by the European Commission. 

At the South East Asia Round table Meeting, participants discussed new proposals for biological and radiological/nuclear projects. An overview of the EUP2P export control activities in SEA was provided by the European Commission and the implementing consortium.

The outcomes of the recently held FALCON event (inter-Arab nuclear detection and response exercise) were discussed, with possible follow-up activities suggested.

The National Focal Points Meeting took place over the course of 3 days, concluding on the 2nd of June.