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European Union co-funded projects

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 include:

Projects conducted from November 2011 to November 2015:

  • Provide expert advice to Central Asian countries affected by the legacy of uranium sites and reinforce regional and international cooperation in this matter (the Coordination Group for Uranium Legacy Sites (CGULS) project) Component 1 of CA 2011/268-525)

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

Projects conducted from December 2016 and set to conclude in December 2020 under IAEA-EC Contribution Agreement 2016-378-378 include:

Newly signed IAEA-EC Contribution Agreement 2019/401-343 for projects to be concluded in 2024:

  • 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

Other EC contribution agreements

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

EU Internal Action

Cooperation under the Instrument of Stability

  • 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) (2014 – 2016)

Cooperation under the European Union Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction under the Common Foreign and Security Policy, managed under the strategy and budget of the European External Action Service for enhancing Nuclear Security:

Encompassed activities in the following areas:

  1. Sustainability and effectiveness of support provided through Agreements and European Council Decisions;
  2. Strengthening of States’ indigenous nuclear security support infrastructure;
  3. Strengthening of States' legislative and regulatory framework;
  4. Strengthening of nuclear security systems and measures for nuclear and other radioactive material;
  5. Strengthening of States' institutional infrastructure and capabilities to deal with nuclear and radioactive material out of regulatory control;
  6. Supporting awareness of and strengthening States’ response and resilience to cyber-crime and mitigating its impact on nuclear security;

Contribution Agreements:

  • EU Council Decision 2010/585/CFSP of 27 September 2010, Contribution Agreement CFSP/2010/038/IAEA V (2011 – 2014): Cycle V
  • EU Council Decision 2013/517/CFSP of 21 October 2013, Contribution Agreement CFSP/2013/034/IAEA VI (2013 2016): Cycle VI
  • EU Council Decision CFSP/2016/2383 as of 21 December 2016Delegation Agreement: CFSP/25 IAEA VII (2017 – 2020): Cycle VII


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