European CBRNE Center Trains Border Staff in Balkans

The European CBRNE Center at Umeå University, Sweden, conducted a training course for border staff and customs in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 28-30 October.

The training was held under the framework of the “Building Capacity to Identify and Respond to Threats from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Substances” project.

The course involved 20 participants from Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, providing knowledge on how to quickly respond to a possible incident involving dangerous substances.

The training course which is conducted by the European CBRNE Center will have lectures held by staff from the European CBRNE Center and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). The course will raise the participating countries’ CBRN preparedness.

“Following the course, participants will be able to safely and correctly handle, for example, suspected goods or vehicles that might contain chemical or biological weapons, and if an accident occurs they will be able to handle the acute phase of a CBRN incident”, says Dzenan Sahovic, Director of the European CBRNE Center and Coordinator of the project.

The Training Project is an event part of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative. The Initiative is funded by the European Commission and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organizations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 48 countries in 8 regions of the world.

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