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Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI)

The Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI) finances measures to support a higher level of nuclear safety, radiation protection and the application of efficient and effective safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries. Since 1 January 2007, it replaces the TACIS Nuclear Safety Programme which had covered safety of nuclear installation in the New Independent States (NIS), created as a result of the break-up of the Soviet Union.

What's new?

EU team of experts on Nuclear Safety and Security visits Tanzania pdf - 771 KB [771 KB]

EU team of experts on Nuclear Safety and Security visits Tanzania

Tanzania, 7 June, 2013 – Representatives of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, along with colleagues from the Joint Research Centre and the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation, met with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania to discuss the results of a European Commission fact finding mission dealing with questions of nuclear safety, security and safeguards of uranium-mining.


First meeting of the Centres of Excellence Initiative

Brussels, 15/16 May 2013 – During their first meeting in the frame of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative, the new Heads of Regional Secretariats met in Brussels to get to know each other, to discuss regional priorities and to set up a programme for the future.


The EU launched a healthcare project for residents of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in the city of Ivankiev near Chernobyl pdf - 435 KB [435 KB]

EU allocates EUR 4m to protect Ukrainians affected by the Chernobyl accident

Brussels, 26 April, 2013 – A ceremony to mark the launch of the EUR 4.2 million project was held, attended by MEPs Michele Rivasi and Corinne Lepage and the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombinski. Together with representatives from the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian Science and Technology Centre of Ukraine, they also paid tribute to the victims of the Chernobyl accident.


The EuropeAid Days brought together members of each EU Delegation in Brussels to discuss wide-ranging EU Development policy and strategy 

Brussels, 22 March, 2013 – Between 4 and 8 February 2013, the EuropeAid Days brought together members of each EU Delegation in Brussels to discuss wide-ranging EU Development policy and strategy.

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).  

Nuclear safety cooperation between Vietnam and the European Commission to start today 

Hanoi/Brussels, 11 June 2012 – A kick-off meeting is hosted today by the Vietnam nuclear regulatory authority (VARANS) to begin nuclear safety cooperation with the European Commission.

Final adoption of INSC Art. 18 Report 2010 and 2011 pdf - 67 KB [67 KB]

Brussels, December 2012 - The INSC Article 18 Report 2010 and 2011 was adopted in December 2012.

For more information on the work of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation please click here.

What does it cover?

The new Instrument for Nuclear Safety Co-operation (INSC 2007-2013) came into force in 2007. Its main objectives are the promotion of a high level nuclear safety, radiation protection and the application of efficient and effective safeguards of nuclear material in non-EU countries worldwide. It has, in 2011, substantially extended its geographical coverage. Additionally, the EU continued its still on-going support for finalising the nuclear safety projects under the TACIS programme (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States i.e. the countries of the former Soviet Union).

The Instrument is designed to provide a new strategy dealing with political crisis in third countries as well as global and trans-regional threats arising from organised crime, trafficking, proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical agents.

Its aim is to finance actions in the following priority areas:

  • improving nuclear safety, particularly in terms of regulatory framework or management of nuclear plant safety (design, operation, maintenance, decommissioning),
  • the safe transport, treatment and disposal of radioactive waste,
  • the remediation of former nuclear sites and the protection against ionising radiation given off by radioactive materials,
  • emergency preparedness (accident prevention as well as reaction in the event of an accident),
  • promotion of international cooperation in the field of nuclear safety.

Nuclear safety and non-proliferation actions are implemented by EuropeAid, with the collaboration of the European External Action Service and the technical support of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

How much money is available?

The NSCI has a budget of €524 million for 2007-2013.

The assistance is implemented on the basis of multiannual strategy papers and multiannual indicative programmes. The strategy papers cover one or more countries for a maximum of seven years and contain multiannual indicative programmes specifying the key objectives and indicative financial allocations. On the basis of these documents, the Commission adopts action programmes, usually on annual basis. Certain measures may be adopted although not included in the programming documents: this is the case of special measures (adopted in an emergency) and support measures (for example, technical or administrative assistance).

Who is eligible for funding?

The entities which are eligible for funding are:

  • partner countries and regions and their decentralised bodies,
  • public and parastatal bodies,
  • private companies,
  • non-state actors such as non-governmental organisations or professional associations,
  • natural persons,
  • the Joint Research Centre or EU agencies,
  • international organisations and financial institutions.

In case of call for proposals and tenders: each of them will specify in related documents the eligibility criteria for that specific call or tender.

Last update: 10/07/2013 | Top