Mark Whitney, US NSSA Deputy Assistant Administrator and Roland Schenkel, Director General JRC signing the agreement on 2/11/2010.
EU and US expand their collaboration to nuclear security R&D
On 2 November, the European Atomic Energy Community and the United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NSSA) formally expanded their cooperation in the field of nuclear material safeguards research and development to include nuclear security. JRC's Director General Roland Schenkel representing Euratom and Mark Whitney, US NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for Nonproliferation and International Security signed the agreement between Euratom and US Department of Energy at the IAEA International Nuclear Safeguards Symposium held in Vienna.
New security R&D areas of collaboration are covered by the agreement and includes technologies and methodologies related to combating illicit trafficking including border monitoring, nuclear forensics, export controls and related security training courses. Furthermore, both parties will better coordinate their efforts to cooperate with third countries and relevant international organisations to contribute to the improvement of nuclear safeguards and security.