CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat opens in Tbilisi, Georgia

A Regional Secretariat was opened in Tbilisi, Georgia on Tuesday under the European Union's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence initiative to help mitigate CBRN risk.

The inauguration brought in experts from Albania, Bosnia, Armenia, Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, Maldova, Servia, Ukraine and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for a three day Round Table Discussion. The leaders talking about each country's role in the initiative and how to build confidence with one another regarding CBRN incidents.

The EU CBRN CoE launched fourteen projects since in the beginning of the year. The projects ranged from topics such as biosafety and biosecurity, raising awareness on how to handle CBRN risks and how to retain security in the face of chemical threats.

The most recent project works with EU Member States Agencies to help strengthen first-responders' ability to identify and respond to CBRN threats. The focus of the project trains participants on how to handle criminal or terrorist CBRN activity.

The EU CBRN CoE Risk Mitigation initiative includes all EU Member States and strives to eliminate CBRN criminal, accidental and natural risks. Members are taught how to be prepared for a CBRN incident at the national and regional levels. It offers Members legal, scientific and technical training on how to approach CBRN risks of all types in an effective and collective effort.

The initiative has been launched in more than 40 countries and seven regions of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.