Report analyzes EU CBRN threat response capabilities

The recently released "Mapping Report on the Legal, Institutional, and Operative Framework Concerning Response to CBRN Threats in Italy and in other 10 EU Member States" identifies and analyzes the institutional and legal framework governing EU member states' response to CBRN emergencies or crises affecting their territories.

The report also maps the technical-operational procedures and practices adopted by national law enforcement authorities, incident commanders and other first responders in dealing with such emergencies or crises.

The relevant institutional, legal and operative framework in the surveyed member states is established according to international obligations, allowing the report to present a broad overview of the obligations and discuss how they have been implemented at the domestic level.

The main goal of the report is to present the similarities and differences between the institutional, legal and technical-operational approaches to CBRN events in the surveyed countries and to identify potential gaps and best practices while proposing specific recommendations to improve the EU existing legal and cooperation frameworks dealing with response to CBRN emergencies or crises.

The report follows a study carried out within a European Commission-funded research project dubbed "Strengthening CBRN-response in Europe by enhancing on-site cooperation between safety and security organizations: an Italian pilot," which aims to implement the EU CBRN Action Plan in Italy.

Italy and Estone will host two table top exercises to exchange practices and identify critical points, with project partners Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, University of Rome-Tor Vergata and the Italian National Fire-Fighters Corp. The partners will develop a set of CBRN response guidelines to be integrated into the existing HSN guidelines.