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Research project a European CBRN Center of EXcellence
The purpose of ECCofEX is to conduct a study, in consultation with EU member states and the Commission Services, of the feasibility of developing a CBRN Center of Excellence (ECCofEX) for the EU through the development of a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and a business plan for such a center.
The goal of the project is to address needs identified by the European Parliament, as well as stated in the European Commission’s recent CBRN Action Plan, which calls for closer cooperation at EU level, pooling expertise and assets, and utilizing synergies across borders. This will be accomplished by the successful completion of a feasibility study and the development of a concept of operations for a European CBRN Center of Excellence. The project is lead by SCK•CEN, one of the largest research institutions in Belgium and is renowned for its expertise world-wide.
The project is a reaction to European Parliament Resolution 2012/C 169 E/02, which calls for the establishment of a European crisis response mechanism, based in the commission’s services, which would coordinate civilian and military means in order to ensure the EU has a rapid response capability. The project also addresses the need for reinforced resilience against CBRN threats in terms of prevention, preparedness and response, stated in the European Commission’s 2017 CBRN Action Plan.
ECCofEX is comprised of six separate work packages:
The project partners will conduct surveys, interviews, workshops, and meetings with relevant agencies in order to gather the information needed and deliver the outcomes specified in each work package.
At the completion of the project should be a feasibility study for a European CBRN Center of Excellence, as well as a concept of operations and a business plan for said center. The project will culminate in a conference, at which the consortium will present the project deliverables and outline the next steps in creating a physical center, thereby ensuring continuity and sustainability of the project.