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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 094: On-site Technical Assistance to the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Regional Secretariats


The EU CoE Initiative was established in 2010 in consideration of the EU internal – external security nexus: EU security is increased by preventing and mitigating CBRN risks and incidents worldwide related to CBRN materials and agents deliberately or accidently released as acts of criminal, terrorist, industrial, war or natural events.

CBRN threats are continuously evolving and require adapted and prompt responses. Countries shall develop their capacity to identify potential risks and increase their level of preparedness. The EU is actively promoting an inter-regional/global vision that should determine common themes, enhance coordination, foster harmonization of best practices, and improve overall effectiveness.

Overall objective

To address specific global and trans-regional threats to peace, international security, and stability, through enhancing governance and cooperation on CBRN risk prevention, detection, and mitigation.

Specific objective

To improve the detection of and mitigation against risks related to CBRN materials or agents and risks related to installations or sites through the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative and associated actions.


  1. Strengthen the governance of CBRN risks at national level in the CoE Partner Countries.
  2. Enhance cooperation at regional level in the 8 Regional Secretariats.
  3. Enhance inter-regional cooperation by developing and disseminating guidelines, operational tools, and procedures.
  4. Establish and maintain a pool of national and international CBRN experts.
  5. Support the implementation of Training Courses, Tabletop and Field Exercises implemented at national, regional and international levels in close cooperation with the Eu services and International Organisations.
  6. Providing local technical assistance within the implementation of CoE projects.


The project is ongoing.

CBRN areas
  • Bio-safety/bio-security
  • Border control and monitoring
  • Crisis management
  • Denying support for misuse and terrorism
  • First response
  • Illicit trafficking
  • Import/export control
  • Investigation and prosecution
  • Legal framework
  • Post incident recovery
  • Protection of material/facilities
  • Public and infrastructure protection
  • Public health impact mitigation
  • Safeguarding information diffusion
  • Safety and security
  • Transit and trans-shipment control
  • Waste management
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Radiological
  • Nuclear
CoE Region
  • AAF - African Atlantic Façade
  • CA - Central Asia
  • ECA - Eastern and Central Africa
  • GCC - Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
  • MIE - Middle East
  • NAS - North Africa and Sahel
  • SEA - Southeast Asia
  • SEEE - South East and Eastern Europe
12 JUNE 2023
Project 094 Factsheet



United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute



This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.