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European Union co-funded projectsCooperation in the field of Nuclear Safety

Cooperation in the field of Nuclear Safety

The IAEA, supported by supplementary funding provided under the European Commission’s Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC), is conducting projects to help Member States strengthen radiation protection, radioactive waste management, remediation practices and nuclear safety.

The projects also contribute to the INSC’s goals of promoting an effective nuclear safety culture and the implementation of nuclear safety standards and radiation protection measures, as well as responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste, decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations.

The projects include IAEA work to:

  • Establish standards of safety and related guidance material and provide for their application through education and training, peer review and advisory services and the exchange of information.
  • Promote and encourage the adherence to international instruments and conventions, including the Nuclear Safety Convention, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management and the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources.

IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) projects

The IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), launched in 2010, has become instrumental in mobilizing extra-budgetary support for Agency activities in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.  The European Commission supported several PUI projects in the field of safety, including on topics such as safety assessment against different hazards, operational safety reviews, management of radioactive materials and radiation protection.

European Commission INSC-supported PUI projects completed in the field of safety

European Commission INSC-supported PUI projects completed in the field of safety include:

Projects conducted from November 2011 to November 2015 (Contribution Agreement 2011/268-525)

Projects conducted from June 2013 to June 2017 (Contribution Agreement 2013/313-757)

IAEA-EC Delegation Agreement INSC/2016/378-378: Projects conducted from December 2016 to December 2020

  • Project 1: Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS)
  • Project 2: Responsible and Safe Management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel
  • Project 3: Develop Capacities to Improve Waste and Radiation Safety in Africa
  • Project 4: Connect the Network of Networks to Enhance Communication and Training in Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation – Phase II
  • Project 5: Sustaining Cradle-to-Grave Control of Radioactive Sources
  • Project 6: Regional coordination of coastal EPR arrangements of the non-EU Mediterranean Member States for port and maritime radiological emergencies

Contribution Agreement ENER/2020/NUCL/SI2.841022: “EC-IAEA Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Safety – Integrated Regulatory Review Services (IRRS) and Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS) in the EU”, with implementation period 2020-2023.

IAEA-EC Delegation Agreement INSC/2019/401-343 for projects to be concluded by December 2025

  • Project 1: Enhancing the Use of Seismic Experience Data
  • Project 2: Improving Nuclear Safety for Embarking Countries: to Assist Member States in Developing Competencies for Reviewing the Site Evaluation Chapter of the Safety Analysis Report
  • Project 3: International School of Nuclear and Radiological Leadership for Safety
  • Project.4: Sustaining the Establishment of Education and Training in Radiation Safety in Africa
  • Project.5: Contribution to Solid Radioactive Waste Management at the Vinca Site

IAEA-EC Delegation Agreement INSC/2023/441-950, signed in March 2023, with implementation period 2023-2026

  • Project 1: Supporting Member States with the establishment of specific clearance levels to enable reuse and recycling of the large volumes of material arising from decommissioning and remediation activities
  • Project 2: Coordinating the remediation of uranium legacy sites
  • Project 3: Strengthening the function of Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF)
  • PROJECT 4: Sustaining Cradle-to-Grave Control of Radioactive Sources - Phase II (INT9186)
  • PROJECT 5:  Provision of Assistance to Ukraine in the Area of Nuclear Safety

Contribution Agreement NDICI FPN FPI/2022/438-861 “Support to the safe discharge of ALPS-treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant”, with implementation period 2023-2026.

IAEA-EC Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Safety (MC.01a/09 Contract No 2010/244-291)

EU Internal Action:

Cooperation in the field of Nuclear Security

The EU supports IAEA activities in the area of nuclear security in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. This support is provided through the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP), managed under the strategy and budget of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for enhancing nuclear security:

Currently the EU provides financial support under the cycle VIII of contribution from December 2020 until April 2024 (Contribution Agreement CFSP/2020/34/IAEA VIII) to implement the EU action on nuclear security, which, also includes contributions from other donors, and contains the following set of activities:

Previous IAEA - EU Agreements

  • IAEA – EU Contribution Agreement CFSP/2020/34/IAEA VIII: Cycle VIII (implementation 2020-2024)
  • IAEA – EU Delegation Agreement: CFSP/25 IAEA VII: Cycle VII (Implementation 2017 – 2020)
  • IAEA – EU Contribution Agreement CFSP/2013/034/IAEA VI: Cycle VI (implementation 2013 2016)
  • IAEA - EU Contribution Agreement CFSP/2010/038/IAEA V: Cycle V (implementation 2011–2014)
  • IAEA – EC Cooperation – EU Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Centres of Excellence, Project 28, co-implemented and completed by the Joint Research Centre (Contract IFS 2013/329-422) (implementation 2014 – 2016). This cooperation was under the Instrument of Stability
  • IAEA – EU Joint Action 2008/314/CFSP : Cycle IV (implementation 2008-2012)
  • IAEA – EU Joint Action 2006/418/CFSP : Cycle III (implementation 2007-2008)
  • IAEA – EU Joint Action 2005/574/CFSP : Cycle II (implementation 2006-2008)
  • IAEA – EU Joint Action 2004/495/CFSP : Cycle I (implementation 2005-2007)

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