INSC-IAEA Regulatory Cooperation Forum deepens international cooperation on nuclear safety
Brussels, 24 January, 2013 – In a three-day meeting of the European Commission and the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), a forum facilitated and promoted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), organised from 22 to 24 January in Brussels, around sixty high-level participants from regulatory authorities from all over the world and EC/IAEA officials discussed activities under the EC's Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). Representatives from all 15 INSC partner countries were present at the meeting.
The meeting was opened by EuropeAid Director Kristian Schmidt and James Lyons, Director of IAEA's Division of Nuclear Installation Safety. They represented the various cooperation activities between the European Union and the Agency in nuclear safety matters, in particular in building up effectively independent and robust regulatory authorities in countries embarking on nuclear energy such as Vietnam and Jordan. Schmidt stressed that "International cooperation through global coordination and collaboration is essential for development and continuous improvements to nuclear safety and security". He invited the INSC partner countries to further deepen cooperation activities via RCF to exchange experience and best practices among experts in order to raise safety and security in nuclear matters, affecting people world-wide.
The RCF is currently cooperating with the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JRC) and the Vietnam agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), developing RCF Action Plans for both countries. The RCF plans to begin its cooperation with Poland's regulatory body soon. The RCF is part of the IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan.
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