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 the European Union 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 centred around a worldwide network of local experts and collaborating partners.
In avoiding a traditional top-down approach, we work in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and project proposals. The CoE aims to strengthen regional security by increasing local ownership, local expertise and by ensuring long-term sustainability through this dynamic network that continues to evolve.
The countries that join the initiative work together in eight regions, headed up by a secretariat at regional level.
CoE in numbers
Involvement with the CoE continuously expands. Currently we have:
CoE engagement with partner countries
Membership of the CoE is voluntary. Currently the CoE is working with 54 countries.
Each partner country has a nominated National Focal Point to represent it and act as spokesperson. The NFP also creates and leads a National Team of experts dealing with CBRN matters.
What do we do
Based on the EU CBRN CoE prescribed methodology, CBRN CoE NFPs 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 an integrated and effective CBRN policy that is in line with internationally agreed standards.
Where gaps are identified the CoE aims to work with the countries to address any possible shortcomings by means of tailored regional projects.
The funding for CoE projects comes from the EU Instrument Contributing to Security and Peace (IcSP).