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Eurojust hosts important counter-terrorism meeting

13/05/2014

On 7 May, Eurojust hosted its Counter-Terrorism Team (CTT) meeting in its headquarters in The Hague, attended by a delegation from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The main topic of the meeting was UNICRI’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme.

The meeting was chaired by the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, and attended by the members of the CTT. UNICRI was represented by the Head of the CBRN and Security Governance Programme, Mr Francesco Marelli, and Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, Mr Irakli Beridze. Ms Coninsx gave a presentation on the activities and products of the CTT, and the UNICRI delegation gave a presentation on the CBRN Security Governance Programme and further initiatives, followed by an exchange of ideas on potential opportunities for cooperation.

Mr Beridze commented, ‘We really believe that there is a lot of room for further cooperation between Eurojust and UNICRI, and the channel of communication created between our organisations will facilitate further enhancement of practical cooperation’.

The following day, the President attended a high-level round table on CBRN Centres of Excellence (The CBRN Centres of Excellence: an example of effective international cooperation), organised by the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, at which Mr Marelli and Mr Beridze of UNICRI were the keynote speakers. The lectures were followed by a discussion in which the audience (composed of representatives from international organisations and embassies in The Hague) participated.

 

Background

UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1967 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice.

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is the leading Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy on international affairs. The institute provides public and private sector organisations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of economic diplomacy, international security and conflict management. Clingendael specifically focuses on the position and the role of the Netherlands.