The EU CBRN Risk Mitigation CoE Initiative is jointly implemented by the EU Directorate General (DG) Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DEVCO), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The EU CBRN CoE is developed by the European Union through the EU Instrument for Stability. The Initiative aims to mitigate CBRN risks of criminal, accidental or natural origin by promoting a coherent policy, improving coordination and preparedness at a national and regional level, and by offering a comprehensive approach covering legal, scientific, enforcement and technical issues. The Initiative involves over 50 countries and has been launched in 8 different regions of the world. It consolidates and optimises existing capabilities while increasing local ownership, local expertise and long-term sustainability. It addresses regional CBRN needs through tailored projects and aims at strengthening policies, institutional capacity building at both the regional and national level, as well as a regional culture of safety and security to ensure an effective response.

Further information on the CoE Initiative can be retrieved on the official website, http://www.cbrn-coe.eu/