Joint Action Terror Partners met in a live meeting in Ljubljana from 24th to 26th of May 2022. This was the first physical meeting in JA TERROR since the initial start-up meeting in December 2019. The event was an opportunity to get to know each other better, find synergies between different Work Packages and find additional ways to support each other in achieving the goals of the project.
More than 40 project partners came to Ljubljana and participated in the JA TERROR Partnership Forum. The Forum served as an important venue to exchange experiences and opinions, and has greatly contributed to moving the project forward.
EU representatives also attended the Partnership Forum: Virginia Arnecchi from Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), Orlando Cenciarelli from European Centre for Disease control (ECDC) and Bangin Baku from European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA). The EU representatives participated as observers and assisted with insight on project activities.
Dialogue Café and Sense of Coherence workshops were instrumental for exchanging opinions and perspectives of the common objectives for JA TERROR.
These activities provided partners with a better view on how work packages have to work together, and how contributions from one WP can have significant impacts in other areas of the Joint Action. A special session on interactive working was set up to support partners efforts per WP.
Nuška Čakš Jager, WP2 Lead and host of the Partnership Forum, lead a discussion at the round table event, sharing Slovenian Experiences on Cross-Sectoral Cooperation. The Partnership Forum agreed that this was a very useful session, and the Coordinator for JA TERROR thanked the host for the excellent preparation of the meeting and openness showed by the participants during the Round Table discussions on health preparedness and Sloveian experiences.
The Dissemination team presented the Event guidelines for the upcoming national cross-sectoral events.
Sustainability issues of the project were highlighted in the presentation of the sustainability tool by the WP4.
The Coordinator of Joint Action Terror from the Norwegian Directorate of Health summed up the main points of the Partnership Forum and highlighted the need for WPs to continue development of tasks with all partners per WP and use the lessons learned from the meeting to consider the need for cooperation across WPs. In addition, underlined the possibility to use resources to set up technical meetings to work together to develop tasks. The Partnership Forum clearly showed that meeting and working together could be more efficient than trying to solve complex technical tasks in digital meetings.
Coordinator also provided further guidance on administrative and reporting tasks.
Participants of the Partnership Forum agreed on the benefits of the overdue physical meeting and expressed an expectation that the activities of JA TERROR will continue with a greater momentum towards producing strengthened preparedness and response to biological and chemical terror attacks.