A new training centre aimed at combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials has been launched in the EU.
The European nuclear security training centre (EUSECTRA) in Karlsruhe, Germany, will instruct front-line officers, trainers and experts on how to detect and respond to illegal trafficking of radioactive materials. One of the training areas will imitate airport conditions, equipped with a monitor and an x-ray conveyor and more than 30 measurement and detection tools will also be used.
Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs said: “This training centre will make emergency personnel much better equipped to prevent and tackle nuclear incidents. Rare as they are, such incidents may have terrible consequences. EUSECTRA will not only help to protect European citizens but will also serve as a point of reference for other organisations in this field.”
The European Commission expects the centre to help enhance cross-border cooperation and experts’ networking and provide a centralised knowledge management tool. A series of pilot sessions have already been provided involving participants from many countries in North and Central Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe.