Seminar: 'CBRN Weapons - an invisible risk. Is Europe sufficiently prepared?'
Wednesday 7 March 2018, 15:00-18:00
Brussels, European Parliament
(Room PHS 5B001)
Amidst increased geopolitical tensions, there has been growing concern that terrorist groups, lone wolves or rogue nations might use biological weapons, or any type of CBRN weapon. International reports and studies provide good reason to believe that threats from a deliberate use of CBRN weapons are no longer inconceivable: international counter-terrorism experts consider a possible CBRN weapon attack possible.
Countries in Europe are gradually raising their level of preparedness for the possible event of a CBRN incident that could become a national security problem. The European Commission released in October 2017 its Action Plan to enhance preparedness against CBRN security risks as part of its comprehensive anti-terrorism package.
Sufficient and timely preparedness are essential and should be considered a high priority for the European Union. Europe can improve its coordination and learn best practices from international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and past experiences in the United States of America.
This seminar provides a platform for a timely discussion and opportunity to exchange views between MEPs, European and international experts and relevant stakeholders, with the aim of taking further European political actions and raise awareness inside the EU institutions and beyond. And hopefully it can work out a satisfactory answer to the main question: is Europe sufficiently prepared?
Interpretation provided in EN and FR.
ALDE Conference: Perspectives for EU-Russia relations
European Parliament Brussels, JAN 4Q1
At this conference the ALDE Group is going to present and discuss its “Blueprint for an EU Strategy towards Russia”, which outlines how a more active EU should engage to get Moscow to respect international law and also its human rights obligations laid down in the Russian Constitution. The paper clearly defines the conditionality of engagement with the Russian Federation (including with regard to territorial integrity of Ukraine) and also the capabilities the EU needs to develop to be equipped to deal with the increasingly assertive Russia. The goal of the strategy is to contribute to strengthening the European security architecture and also to support the plurality of Russian civil society.
Among confirmed speakers are Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Konstantin Kosatchev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Alexey Navalny, Russian democratic opposition leader (per skype), Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, Yulia Galiamina, municipal deputy of Moscow's Timiryazevski district for Yabloko, and also Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament.
Interpretation will be provided in English, Russian, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Czech, Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Romanian and Croatian.