Opening of the Middle East Secretariat of the EU CBRN CoE
Amman/Brussels, 25/26 June 2013. The Middle East Regional Secretariat of the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative was inaugurated in Amman. Representatives from the Jordanian government, EU member states and several regional partners attended the inauguration ceremony at the premises of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security at the Royal Scientific Society.
It brought together CBRN CoE national focal points from Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan alongside experts from the Joint Research Centre who shared their knowledge, experience and expertise in radiological and nuclear research and training, chemical hazards and bio-safety/security. The EU CBRN CoE is a worldwide EU (Directorate General for Development and Cooperation) initiative jointly implemented by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) with a budget amounting to EUR 95m for 2009 - 2013. The initiative aims at mitigating CBRN risks of criminal, accidental or natural origin by promoting a coherent policy, improving coordination and preparedness at national and regional levels and by offering a comprehensive approach covering legal, scientific, enforcement and technical issues. A network of CBRN experts has been created and is currently working in 42 non-EU countries across eight regions of the world.