The third Project 33 Steering Committee of the(chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) Centres of Excellence was held in Paris on the 23rd of January 2015 at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. This meeting provided an opportunity to gather experts from the Management Team, as well as the various partners, to discuss activities implemented since the beginning of the project, and to plan the next steps.
The project, a European Commission initiative via the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, was launched in September 2013 and includes two components. The reinforcement of the national legal framework for beneficiary countries on the one hand, and the training of first responders to preventrisks on the other hand.
Expertise France is the leader of a European consortium including the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Crises Management (DGSCGC), the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (), the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), , and the UK Home Office.
2015 should be very productive in this regard, since most of the trainings targeting first responders (fire-fighting services, police, emergency medical services, etc.) will be delivered for beneficiary countries of the Atlantic Coast of Africa (Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, and Gabon), as well as the Central and Eastern Africa region (Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya). Simultaneously, a list of potential legal guidelines, adapted to issues of each partner country, will be discussed.