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EDA Biological Reconnaissance and Defence Workshop

A total of 40 participants from ten EU Member States (CZ, DE, ES, FR, HU, IT, NL, SE, PL, PT) and NO participated in the workshop in order to discuss Biological Reconnaissance and Defence, on the 9 and 10 July, Warsaw, Poland.

Biological threats are the most complex area of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence. Addressing the need for effective means of detection, identification and monitoring for this type of threats, EDA is conducting a significant number of projects.

The biological workshop aimed to present the on-going work and the connections of the different projects, under EDA R&T and Capabilities/Armaments domains.

A system approach to the future Biological Defence capability is under development, integrating individual soldier protection, non-specialist units (tactical area protection), specialist units (operational area protection) and system integration.

Also, participating Member States presented their national biological programmes, on-going projects, developments and future expectations concerning the Biological challenge.

It was clear among participants that Biological issues are an important concern among Member States and that EDA forum is a good place for discussion and to find new opportunities for cooperation.

HU and PL enriched the workshop with live demonstrations and allowed participants to visit their 2nd generation Biological Laboratories.