On 1-3 September 2019, a representative of the Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence attended the meeting of the Front Line Officers Network that was held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Headquarters in Vienna.
The meeting was attended by 94 delegates from 60 national authorities, mainly representatives of the State Border Guard and Customs Services, as well as representatives of the European Commission (EC), Interpol, the World Customs Organization and the IAEA experts. The purpose of this meeting was to continue the development of the Front Line Organizations Network, FLO Network) that was established in 2015. The FLO Network unites Radioactive and Nuclear Detection Authorities, Law enforcement and other competent authorities that deal with radioactivie materials out of the regulatory control (MORK).
The objectives of the FLO Network are to support the development and enhancement of the capabilities of the IAEA Member States’ competent authorities to detect, intercept and investigate incidents and offences involving radioactive and nuclear materials.
The FLO network provides guidance, collects and shares good practices and supports networking and information sharing among network members.
Key areas addressed by the FLO Network include:
- national strategies for detection and prevention of MORK;
- development of detection infrastructure;
- Staff training and equipment maintenance issues and good practices.
The FLO Network meeting involved plenary and break-out sessions dedicated to different topical areas. Presentations at the plenary session were delivered by representatives of the European Commission Customs Directorate (DG TAXUD), Interpol and the IAEA. The working groups explored and identified common challenges, good practices, and identified points of contact for further collaboration.
In 2020 the FLO network plans to organize separate meetings for all regional groups, which will further develop regional cooperation.
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