The meeting of the European Explosive Ordnance Disposal Network (EEODN) took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 24 and 25 September.
Over 60 explosives specialists, bomb technicians, investigators and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) experts from 25 EU countries, Croatia, USA (ATF and FBI agencies), Europol and Interpol participated in two conferences on explosives and CBRN.
During the first day, participants shared their expertise on recent attacks involving the use of home-made explosives (HMEs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), while the second day focused on the exchange of best practices and capabilities to defeat CBRN threats.
These conferences in Cyprus, along with training on home-made explosives which will take place next October in the Spanish Centre of Excellence for Countering IEDs (CoE C-IED), are part of the support offered by the Cypriot Presidency of the Council of the EU towards the further implementation of the EU Action Plans on Enhancing the Security of Explosives and CBRN.
These activities were made possible through outstanding cooperation between the Cyprus Police, Europol, Interpol, the Spanish CoE C-IED and the Danish National Police. The European Commission co-funded this project, through the Directorate-General for Home Affairs (DG Home).
The European Explosive Ordnance Disposal Network (EEODN) is one of the European Union’s main actions in the fight against terrorism. The EEODN was established by Europol, as requested by the EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs, in May 2008. Since then, specialists on explosives and CBRN have met twice a year to discuss and understand the existing threats from the illicit use of explosives and CBRN agents, receiving additional training on their respective specialties.