Chemical Weapons Convention Workshop ended in RACVIAC

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The two-day workshop “Chemical Weapons Convention” drew to an end in RACVIAC-Centre for Security Cooperation. It was held from 20 February to 21 February 2024 in the cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

As chemical safety and security, as well as counter chemical terrorism measures are the essential first steps to prevent accidental or malicious use of these materials, in this Workshop 2024 focus has been put on the issue of Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response.

The Workshop was closed with a closing address given by Mr Anton Martyniuk, Senior Programme Officer, Assistance and Protection Branch, International Cooperation and Assistance Division, OPCW and RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Constantin – Mihail Grigorie.

On behalf of the OPCW, Mr Anton Martyniuk expressed his satisfaction with the workshop and his appreciation for the long lasting cooperation with RAVIAC and its role in the region. In his concluding remarks, he stated that the OPCW is eager to take the next step to continue this project, counting on RACVIAC as a partner in the future. Mr. Martyniuk thanked all participants for their commitment and valuable contribution to this workshop.

Addressing the audience, RACVIAC Director H.E. Ambassador Constantin – Mihail Grigorie expressed RACVIAC’ utmost gratitude to its partner, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), for their supportive approach during the preparatory phase, their professionalism during the execution of this Seminar, and their financial support.  Working with OPCW in this joint enterprise has been inspiring and fruitful and hopefully it will be continued in the years to come.

Ambassador Grigorie also reflected at the Workshop’s main objectives which were to enhance the national protection programmes against the use of toxic chemicals as well as to strengthen international counter chemical terrorism measures. Since chemical safety and security are still hot topics in the region of SEE, RACVIAC will definitely include this activity in its Programme for the future, hopefully in cooperation with OPCW, he emphasised.

At the end of the Closing Ceremony H.E. Ambassador Grigorie, together with Mr Anton Martyniuk, handed out certificates to the instructors and to more than 30 participants and attendees from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye, France, Hungary, Kosovo*.

* This Designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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