The Contact Expert Group (CEG) for International Radwaste Projects in the Russian Federation was established under the auspices of the IAEA in 1996 to promote international cooperation and assistance in the field of resolving problems caused by the nuclear legacy of the Cold War.
Responsible Officer : Oleg GOROSHKO
The accumulated Cold War legacy consisting of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste from the Russian Navy, and over 200 nuclear powered submarines and surface ships poses significant threat to the environment in the North-West and the Far-East of Russia. There are also security concerns over SNF, and radioactive thermo-electrical generators. The magnitude of the problem prompted a number of states united in CEG to start assistance to Russia in order to speed up the solution of the nuclear legacy problems.
The Global Partnership Programme against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction launched at the G-8 Summit in 2002, which was later joined by 14 other nations, has given a new impetus to nuclear assistance programmes in the Russian Federation. Since then the bulk of CEG members activities has been carried out in the framework of the Global Partnership Programme.
Currently CEG comprises thirteen countries: Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America and two international organizations: European Commission and International Science and Technology Center.
The CEG Secretariat is located in the IAEA Headquarters and operated by the Agency with financial support from the CEG member-countries. The CEG Secretariat is assigned to the Department of Nuclear Energy, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, Waste Technology Section.