The European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative or EU CBRN CoE was launched in response to the need to strengthen the institutional capacity of countries outside Europe to mitigate CBRN risks. These risks may be created intentionally (e.g. the Sarin attack on the Japanese subway), accidentally (e.g. Bhopal) or naturally (e.g. swine flu).
A local worldwide network
The CoE aims to strengthen regional security by increasing local ownership, local expertise and long-term sustainability.
The CoE is based around a network of local experts and collaborating partners worldwide.
CoE in numbers
CoE engagement with partner countries
Membership of the CoE is voluntary and currently is working with 51 countries.
Each Partner Country has a nominated National Focal Point to represent it and act as a spokesperson leading a National Team of experts dealing with CBRN matters.
What do we do
Based on the EU CBRN CoE prescribed methodology, CBRN CoE National Focal Points and their CBRN National Teams are responsible for assessing their respective national needs.
Following the assessment, National Teams develop their own National Action Plans with the ultimate goal of developing or improving an integrated CBRN Policy.
Where gaps are identified the CoE aims to work with the countries to fill them with tailored regional projects.
The funding for these projects comes from the Instrument Contributing to Security and Peace.