Brussels, 14 April 2015.
Funded by the European Union
Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) initiative, a technical round table meeting on bio-safety and bio-security for the Central Asia Region was held in Brussels on 24 - 25 March 2015.
The meeting brought together representatives and experts from three partner countries in the Region, namely the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives and experts from the European Union Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG-DEVCO), the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), and UNICRI. Experts from Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Pakistan, considered as potential partner countries, also took part in the meeting.
The technical meeting for Central Asia focused on bio-safety and bio-security. In this respect, the first day was devoted to current state of bio-safety and bio-security in the countries, including a review of the ongoing activities in the region. It also allowed discussions on the progress of the Needs Assessment Questionnaire for the creation of National CBRN Action Plans for Central Asia. The overall purpose of the National CBRN Action Plan is to articulate a national vision for CBRN risk mitigation and to identify priorities for building capacity in this area.
The second day was devoted to technical discussions, aiming at developing a regional project proposal addressing bio-safety and bio-security needs. Experts from the region were well prepared and provided useful input. The discussed project proposal will be on the agenda of the next regional round table meeting which will take place in the framework of the National Focal Points meeting in Brussels on May 19-21, 2015.
The EU CBRN CoE Initiative is funded by the European Commission and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). The European External Action Service is also involved in the follow-up of the initiative. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 50 countries in 8 regions of the world.
For more information:
- CBRN Centres of Excellence website: http://www.cbrn-coe.eu/
- European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website (see section about "Stable Situations"):http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/7350