Despite the challenges posed by COVID19, TRANSTUN Project after 25 months of implementation has come to an end with the successful organisation of a hybrid final conference and workshop, with over 130attendees.
In collaboration with consortium partners, and in joint effort with PROACTIVE, MELODY & E-NOTICE Projects, with the support of the NATO Joint CBRND CoE and CERIS, through the funding of the European Union (EU) ISF-P program, a joint symposium was organised on 29 and 30 September 2021 to discuss efforts to mitigate CBRN threats and how to move towards a transnational Network of CBRNe Stakeholders. The symposium welcomed in person over 80CBRN & critical infrastructure experts, EU representatives and first responders from across the EU and beyond for collaborative discussions to begin building consensus on how best to harmonise and coordinate efforts. The conference came a month after the successful completion of TRANSTUN’s real-life CBRN exercise at the cross-border Bielsa-Aragnouet Cross-Border Tunnel between France and Spain.
As a public–private initiative engaging operators and end-users from across Europe TRANSTUN was designed to address a gap in the preparedness of Member States towards CBRN threats and risks posed in cross-border tunnels, aiming to:
- Create a Network of Stakeholders to capitalize & consolidate knowledge
- Develop a Harmonised Toolkit of Guidelines for use by tunnel operators and first responders across the EU
- Improve Joint Operational Response, particularly amongst various national and transnational agencies
TRANSTUN consortium was composed of 7 partners and with a total operating budget of 1,021,893€. The implementing Consortium was led by Fondazione SAFE – Security and Freedom for Europe, in partnership with B&S Europe, Ouvry, Novadays, Tor Vergata University (UNITOV), Lombardi, and HCL – Hospices Civils de Lyon.