Brussels: EU defence ministers on Monday launched a 100-million-euro (135-million-dollar) project to counter the threat against biological weapons.
The programme baptised “Bio-Edep” is an initiative of five EU nations — the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
“Other (EU) member states have expreessed their intention to join,” the European Defence Agency said in a statement.
The aim is to develop equipment capable of detecting and identifying biological agents used against troops.
The scheme will address “an important shortfall in the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) defence area,” the European Defence Agency statement said.