Welcoming INPRO's 38th Member: Romania
Aug 27, 2012
in Romania and met with its President Ion Nastasescu.
The IAEA is welcoming Romania as a new member of INPRO.
Mr Ion Nastasescu, President of the Romanian Nuclear Agency & Radioactive Waste (AN&DR), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment, had informed the IAEA about Romania’s decision to apply for membership in INPRO. Romania has been a very active INPRO observer for several years and its representatives attended meetings of the INPRO Steering Committee and other INPRO meetings in the past.
“The Romanian Nuclear Agency & Radioactive Waste will continue to represent Romania in the INPRO Steering Committee and will coordinate the contributions of national institutes and utilities in INPRO Collaborative Projects”, Mr Nastasescu pointed out.
“I would like to express the IAEA’s appreciation for the interest in, and support of INPRO expressed by the Government of Romania and welcome Romania as a member of INPRO”, said Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy and INPRO Project Manager.
Mr Bychkov also invited Romania to consider performing a Nuclear Energy System Assessment (NESA) using the INPRO Methodology as part of the country’s long-range nuclear energy strategy development. “The IAEA is in a position to support such NESA through training, capacity building and expert support for preparing, conducting and evaluating the study”, Mr Bychkov said.
The Institute for Nuclear Research – Pitesti (SCN Pitesti) is already participating in the INPRO Collaborative Project SYNERGIES and was represented at the INPRO Dialogue Forum on ‘Drivers and Impediments for Regional Collaboration on the Way to Sustainable Nuclear Energy Systems’, held at the IAEA in late July 2012. Other national institutes, such as SITON, SN and ICT-Rm.Valcea have expressed interest in several INPRO activities and future meetings of the INPRO Dialogue Forum.