Georgia to host anniversary ceremony for regional CBRN initiative

The Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia will host an official ceremony on Friday marking the first anniversary of the establishment of the European Union's CBRN Centres of Excellence Regional Secretariat in Tbilisi.

Members of the Georgian government, EU representatives and Francesco Marelli, the head of the CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme at the United Nations' Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), will attend the ceremony, according to a UNICRI press release.

The event will seek to raise awareness of the activities carried out by the regional initiative to Georgian stakeholders and representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations.

The Secretariat was established in July of last year by Irakli Garibashvili, the former minister of internal affairs for Georgia; H.E. Philip Dimitrov, the EU ambassador to Georgia; and UNICRI Director Jonathan Lucas. The initiative assists partner countries in identifying potential areas of CBRN risk and drafting projects to respond to those threats.

The Secretariat also supports the creation of national CBRN teams, monitors ongoing regional and international CBRN projects through the EU's Centres of Excellence and backs the development of new project proposals. Several regional roundtables were already organized to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on CBRN issues.

The regional Secretariat has eight partner countries, including Albania, Armenia and Ukraine.