APH 2002, 60, 397-415:


JP. Dercq

Keywords: terrorism, bioterrorism, biological warfare

Terrorism comes in different forms and from various origins; via the media we hear it every day. The West needed the shock of the events of 11 September to become conscious of its vulnerability. As a democracy in which one can freely move around, Europe was evidently not saved from the threat. Next to the political or international measures aiming to fight terrorism or to deprive it of its means to produce weapons, measures to protect he civil population have been taken. Those protective measures are based essentially on the principle of fully exploiting existing structures and contain specific measures (for example the smallpox vaccination) as well as aspecific measures aiming to organize the information, coordination and communication between the existing structures, and to do this at national, European and interna tional level.