Different actors involved in the transport chain of dangerous goods in Niger and Morocco receive training to improve transport safety.
The European SecTransNAS project has held a series of training sessions and workshops in Niger and Morocco aimed at groups including the security services, customs and civil protection involved in the transport of hazardous chemical and biological substances.
The workshops and training sessions shared best practices in the field of hazardous substances with interested parties from each country. Project specialists in both Niger and Morocco addressed aspects such as: operational security protocols, practical recommendations and security plans.
The countries taking part in the project have very different realities in this regard. In Niger, they face daily difficulties ensuring safety, as the vehicles they use do not always meet international standards. However, above all, there is a lack of national testing and approval bodies. In spite this, the Nigerian specialists, who are aware of the situation, do their best to make the transport of hazardous substances as safe as possible.
FMoroccan specialists meanwhile consider that the traffic police still need further training, despite having addressed several training aspects through the twinning project with Spain.
Whatever the nature of the specific problems in each country, the exchanges and debates have shown that good practices in this area seem to be synonymous with ensuring strict compliance with international regulatory provisions.
Nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical defence
EU Centres of Excellence on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation (CBRN CoE) is a European Union initiative launched in 2010. It seeks to ensure the prevention, preparedness and post-crisis management of CBRN incidents. The origin of these risks may be criminal (theft, sabotage, racketeering and illicit trafficking), accidental (industrial catastrophes, waste treatment) and natural (pandemics etc.) The action, which is funded by the European Union through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, aims to promote national, regional and international political and operational cooperation.
The FIIAPP-managed SecTransNAS project is part of this initiative in collaboration with Polish fire-fighters and ADELFAS, an association with which FIIAPP has already worked on other European CBRN projects.