BRUSSELS | TRANSTUN Closing Conference
After nearly 25 months of implementation and despite the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the TRANSTUN grant project has ended on a high and personal note through the successful organisation of and in-person and online final conference and workshops.
In collaboration with partner projects, PROACTIVE, MELODY & E-NOTICE, with the support of the NATO Joint CBRND CoE and through the generous financial funding of the European Union (EU), a joint symposium was organised on 29 and 30 September 2021 to discuss efforts to mitigate CBRN threats and how to move towards a transnational Network of CBRNe Stakeholders. The symposium welcomed over 70 CBRN & critical infrastructure experts, EU representatives and first responders from across the EU and beyond for collaborative discussions to begin building consensus on how best to harmonise and coordinate efforts. The conference came a month after the successful completion of TRANSTUN’s live in-tunnel CBRN exercise at the Bielsa-Aragnouet Cross-Border Tunnel in France.
TRANSTUN is a public – private initiative engaging operators and end-users from across Europe. It was designed to address a gap in the preparedness of Member States towards CBRN threats and risks posed in cross-border tunnels, aiming to:
- Create a Network of Stakeholders to capitalize & consolidate knowledge
- Develop a Harmonised Toolkit of Guidelines for use by tunnel operators and first responders across the EU
- Improve Joint Operational Response, particularly amongst various national and transnational agencies
TRANSTUN has run for nearly 25 months, ending at the end of the month, collaborating with 7 partners and with a total operating budget of 1,021,893€. The implementing Consortium was led by SAFE – Security and Freedom for Europe, in partnership with B&S Europe, Ouvry, Novadays, Tor Vergata University (UNITOV), Lombardi, and HCL - Hospices Civils de Lyon.
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