On March 26-27th 2015, the Interuniversity Chair in Law and the Human Genome organized in Bilbao an EDEN workshop entitled CBRNE major crisis managements: the legal issues.

The workshop intended to focus on questions concerning EU legal and policy framework for CBRNE response, with particular focus upon such issues as the state of emergency, data protection, and privacy concerns. Invited participants were sent a flyer at the time of the invitation; this provided information about the project and the workshop itself[1]. The following questions were posed to participants to structure the workshop:

  1. What are the fundamental rights to rule in a CBRNE crisis in the EU context? What are the main gaps in current legislation?

  2. What is the role to be played by the EU institutions in a CBRNE crisis situations? How will the different DGs coordinate their efforts in the new legal framework?

  3. Have the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) agreements improved the former Crisis Coordination agreements?  In what concrete sense?

  4. What are the key characteristics of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism in terms of CBRNE response?

  5. What would happen with data protection issues in a CBRNE major crisis situation? What are the novelties introduced by the new EU legislation?

Twelve experts from all over Europe acted as speakers. The workshop was attended by several EDEN end-users and more than thirty local people.