In recent years, there has been a rise in accidental or deliberate (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive) CBRNe events which have previously been considered as low probability events that might however have a big impact on the citizens and the society. The increase in CBRNe threats or  hazards are very serious, and include chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, biological agents, and radiological and nuclear particulate hazards that may inflict bodily harm, incapacitation, or even fatalities.

The EDEN (End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe) Framework Seven Security Demonstration Project is an European Union collaborative project involving a consortium of thirty-six members across 15 countries, with BAE Systems as the project consortium lead. The consortium members comprise of six CBRNe domain end-users, major corporate stakeholders, large system integration and solution providers, including Small to Medium Enterprises and Research and Technology Organisations

The EDEN project started 1st September 2013 and will run for a duration of three years. The project will cover the whole cycle of CBRNe (prevention, preparedness, response) aiming at developing and ensuring the resilience capacity of the EU society. All demonstration efforts will be aimed at both integrating and coordinating existing EU capacities and competences. A key project aim will be to achieve the development of a "multi-facetted system of systems approach" that will provide an EU-tailored solution able to improve CBRNe-equipment resilience and allow enhanced interoperability between CBRNe operators.

The EDEN solutions matured during the project, allow the opportunity to evaluate large scale integration of CBRNe Security and Counter-Terrorism techniques whilst improving cross border cooperation, interoperability and standardisation. The EDEN programme will also provide improved EU-coordination and communication at the national and European level. As a result of the programme, EU-member states and their response agencies will be better equipped by improved security systems integration, interconnectivity and interoperability in countering the CBRNe threat.

The EDEN project will leverage the added-value of tools and systems from previous research and development efforts, bringing other innovative solutions to improve CBRNe resilience through their adaptation and integration. It aims also at developing CBRNe research activities in the EU, linking end-users, scientists and industrial experts.

EDEN will be validated by three themed end-user demonstrations (Food Industry, Multi Chemical, Radiological) covering multiple hazards (CBRNe) and phases of the security cycle, response tiers, and stakeholders.

The project demonstration outputs will aim to allow capabilities to be shared among multi-national CBRNe stakeholders, which is paramount in cross-border incident management, and through time will allow for a build-up of common capability across European boundaries.

The impact of EDEN is to provide an affordable solution countering the CBRNe-threat, with improved resilience and market sustainability through the better integration of systems in real operations and thus enhancing the safety of citizens.

Finally, EDEN will provide a beyond-state-of-the-art analysis of the main ethical, legal, societal and communicational aspects of CBRNE crisis. The consortium is also aware that its research activities, and in particular the demonstration events, have the potential to raise critical ethical and legal issues, and is committed to adhere to the highest ethical standards, as enshrined in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Human Rights. The ethical and legal issues raised by research and development activities will be accurately identified and addressed throughout the whole duration of the project by EDEN Ethical Monitoring Helpdesk. The project will also benefit from the advice of an independent ethical advisory board.