Norway will lead the development of health preparedness for terrorist attacks in Europe

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The EU has asked Norway to lead a project aimed at strengthening health preparedness in Europe in the event of any terrorist attacks with chemical or biological weapons.

The Directorate of Health announces the project on Thursday morning. It is the European Commission that has asked Norway to coordinate the work, called a Joint Action, which will develop cooperation between different sectors in several countries in Europe.

– “This is a recognition of the work we have done to develop health preparedness in collaboration between different sectors. We are very pleased with the confidence the EU shows in us,” says Health Director Bjørn Guldvog in a press release from the Directorate.

The Directorate of Health has in recent years collaborated with several other institutions in Norway to develop the national health emergency. In the follow-up to the terrorist attack in 2011, a collaboration was established with the Directorate for Social Security and Preparedness (DSB), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Armed Forces.

The project will last for three years and will be funded by the EU.

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