The institutions of the European Union, in particular the European Commission (EC), play an important role in development cooperation policy and financing, and are important strategic partners for the IAEA’s technical cooperation (TC) programme.
The longest standing area of cooperation between the EC and the TC programme is nuclear safety – the first Contribution Agreement between the TC programme and the EC for a project in this area was signed in 2005. The IAEA has since signed a number of Contribution Agreements with the EC, under the auspices of the EU TACIS programme, the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, and the Instrument for Stability, amongst others.
These Agreements aim to support the implementation of national, regional and interregional projects to address Member States’ development needs in the field of nuclear safety. The projects address Member State needs in nuclear safety in areas such as radiation protection, safe management of radioactive waste, and nuclear safety culture.
Since 2011, the IAEA has made a sustained effort to develop partnerships with EU institutions in other areas, in particular the specific development fields of food and agriculture, water and the environment, and health.
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