A CENTRAL group of nuclear, biological and chemical experts, available 24 hours-a-day, has been set up by the European Commission to assist any EU Member States requesting their help in the event of a terrorist attack using agents of mass destruction.

Its establishment is one a series of civil protection initiatives launched by Brussels in the wake of the terror attacks in the USA. The Commission has, for instance, reinforced an existing network of 24-hour contact points to handle requests for assistance, making sure they are, "as far ...

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