EDEN End Users Platform (EUP)

Objectives

The purpose of the End Users Platform (EUP) is to make the CBRNE End Users the “driving force” of the different phases of the EDEN project thus providing solutions as close as possible to the real needs expressed by End Users.
EUP guarantees that End Users have access to EDEN mid-term and final results.

Composition
Categories of CBRNE End Users should encompass (not exhaustive):
1.  First Responders (Firemen, Police Forces, Rescue Services, Civil Protection Forces, Ambulances, CBRN Laboratories, Health Professionals, …)
2.  Decision-makers (National Security Council, strategic level of MoIs and MoDs, Parliaments, Prime Minister’s Offices, regional and local authorities …)
3.  Forensics and Law Enforcement Authorities, Intelligence Agencies, Sea-Land-Air Border Guards, Customs, …
4.  EU Institutions/Agencies (e.g. EU Council, EC DG Justice, EC DG Home, EC DG Environment, European Defence Agency, Frontex, Europol, …)
5.  CBRN military forces operating in civilian crisis/disaster
6.  Civil society (European citizens, NGOs, Research and Technological Organizations, Universities, Think Tanks, Training Centers, Media, …)
7.  Other

The EUP includes “internal” End Users (full partners of EDEN) and “external” End Users.
“External” End Users are particular relevant in order to receive independent feedback from outside the EDEN Consortium.

Enlargement of the EUP will continue all along the project duration (3 years) therefore at any time “external” End Users can join the EUP.

The aim is to promote an adequate integration and enlargement of the CBRN End User communities in terms of End Users level (policy/institutional, technical/operational), expertise in “C”, “B”, “R”, “N”, “E”. The geographical spread of End Users as of June 2016 is shown below.

Functioning
The EUP is led by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) .

Joining the EUP means no obligation except the opportunity to be invited in relevant EDEN activities, provide feedback on EDEN findings and have access to EDEN mid-term and final results.

EDEN activities that require the dynamic participation of End Users can typically range from the demonstration preparation workshops – provision of requirements, user cases and information sources to improve and diversify the demonstration cases, scenarios needs, attendance of the demonstrations, debriefings, lessons learnt, evaluation, impact, dissemination to and any other additional activity that will be considered relevant during the implementation of the EDEN project.

The EUP will not only deal with the above mentioned activities, but also with possible requests of single partners (e.g. in-depth examination on specific aspects through interviews).
Conversely EUP will provide End Users with the permanent possibility to give input and raise questions for the Consortium also outside the opportunities of involvement already planned (e.g. Workshops).

Each time that End Users are invited to provide a feedback, to participate to a workshop or a demonstration activity they can decide case by case to participate according to their interest and availability.

Some of the EDEN activities relevant for End Users can rely on e-mail exchanges, Skype, phone calls and similar. Others can require a physical presence (for example participation in workshops and demonstrations).

The EUP will respect the sensitive character of the political, institutional or organisational aspects of the End Users activities and objectives: the EUP will implement for some cases restricted (eventually under NDAs with the End Users) workshops and activities upon decision of the End Users and of the EDEN Consortium. This “variable geometry” will allow End Users to work in confidence within EDEN.

Membership Advantages
Joining the EUP means no obligation but the opportunity to be invited in relevant EDEN activities, provide feedback on EDEN findings and have access to EDEN mid-term and final results.

CBRNE End Users are given the possibility to strongly influence the priorities and outcomes of the EDEN project.
End Users can invite colleagues to join the EUP.

End Users are invited with appropriate notice to provide a feedback, to participate to workshops or demonstrations activities and they can decide case-by-case to participate according to their interest and availability.

For the activities that require a physical presence (for example participation in workshops and demonstrations) EDEN has made a budget for reimbursement of travel/hotel and daily subsistence’s allowance according to EU rules and is specified in the EDEN reimbursements guide.

EUP Legacy: the EUP will constitute a Legacy for further initiatives of the EC by including all the End Users that formally will give their approval at the end of the Project (should they be “internal” End Users partners, “external” End Users or End Users involved only in the Final dissemination).

EUP Legacy and participation to EDEN activities in general represent a networking opportunities for future projects under Horizon 2020 and other financial frameworks at national, EU and international levels.