The STAC-CBRNE project – Strengthening the Transnational Capacity of the Management of CBRNE agents related Emergencies – funded from the Swedish Institute’s Seed Funding Facility, offers a platform for developing long-term cooperation on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) issues in the Baltic Sea Region. On 2 October 2017, Senior Adviser for Civil Security Mr Janusz Gąciarz, Adviser for Policy Area (PA) Secure, EUSBSR Mr Jacek Paszkowski and Project Assistant for Civil Security Ms Nina Jernberg, from the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), visited Umeå (Sweden) to discuss future cooperation with the European CBRNE Center, represented by the Director of the Center, Per-Erik Johansson, and Project Coordinator, Åsa Burlin.
The discussions focused on the opportunities to use STAC-CBRNE as the platform for establishing structures for sustainable cooperation on CBRNE issues in the Baltic Sea Region. Potential EU funding programmes were also discussed. It was agreed that the focus at this stage in the project should be to involve the whole region by addressing the PA Secure Steering Group and by discussing the direction of the potential larger project with the PA Secure member states.