On February 19, the European Union and the United States conducted the fourth Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Strategic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. The dialogue, which was led on the EU side by Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention (EEAS) and Adriaan Van Der Meer, Head of Unit for Stability, Security, Development and Nuclear Safety (European Commission), and on the U.S. side by Simon Limage, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Programs, is an ongoing effort to coordinate U.S. and EU CBRN assistance programs in third countries.
As long-time partners with a shared interest in promoting international security and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the European Union and the United States implement a broad range of programs designed to build international capacity to mitigate CBRN risks. The EU and their U.S. counterparts shared their views of CBRN threats and reviewed their common objectives and political priorities for this year. Through this dialogue, the European Union and the United States seek to strengthen coordination, identify gaps in assistance, and explore joint cooperation through projects and political initiatives to efficiently and effectively mitigate proliferation threats and risks worldwide.
These regular dialogues bring together a range of relevant EU and U.S. stakeholders, including the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
For more information on the EU CBRN assistance, please visit www.cbrn-coe.eu. For more information on U.S. CBRN assistance activities, please visit the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)’s website.