Bullseye in NCT Magazine

Van Mechelen, I. (2019). EU Project ‘Bullseye’: Harmonized procedures for first responders after a biological or chemical terrorist attack. NCT Magazine, 2(8), pp. 14. To consult via http://nct-magazine.com/nct-magazine-october-2019/eu-project-bullseye/


The EU-funded Bullseye project coordinated by the National Crisis Center of Belgium aims to enhance the preparedness and response of the European emergency services to such CBRN incidents. The project is funded by the ISF Police Fund of the European Commission and will last for three years from April 2019 until March 2022. More information can be found at http://www.bullseyeproject.eu/

One of the primary goals of the Bullseye project is the harmonization of the procedures for all first respondersinvolved in a response to terrorist chemical or biological attack. The participants of the project include the local police, medical services, fire services, civil protection, the military, specialized police forces, DVI, forensics and labs. The whole process will keep in mind the interoperability of the involved agencies as well as the multiagency and the civil-military aspects. In order to enhance the learning aspect of the project and foster adequate and firm response to CBRN events explicit cooperation between NATO and the EU will also take place. The second goal of Bullseye is related to prevention, concretely the expansion of the training facilities for explosive-detection dogs (K9).

Bullseye in Be Prepared

Van Mechelen, I. (2019). Bullseye: de interventiediensten in Europa voorbereiden op een chemische of biologische terroristische aanslag. Be Prepared, 3(2), 21-23.


In the past years, the European Union has been struck multiple times by terroristic attacks. Still fresh in memory are those of Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and Manchester. Research showed it were not solely well-organized networks – often linked to IS – plotting these attacks, but just as well lone wolves. Their goal is to make as much victims as possible and to disrupt the socio-economic life. Despite the fact, no CBRN materials are used to date in large-scale attacks on European soil, there are clues that terrorists are preparing and broadening their knowledge and capacities. The European Project Bullseye, coordinated by the Belgian National Crisis Center, aims to prepare emergency services on an attack of such character.