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15 November 2012

Second meeting of the Steering Committee (SC-2) of the "Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Government of the People's Republic of China for R&D Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy" (RD-PUNE Agreement)

The meeting was held in Beijing on the 15 of November 2012 hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and organized back to back with the 10th Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the S&T Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and China, held on 16 of November 2012.

The Chinese delegation of 14 members was headed by Mr CAO Jianlin, Vice-Minister of Minister of Science and technology (MOST), while the Euratom delegation of 8 members was headed by Mr Rudolf STROHMEIER, Deputy Director General of RTD. The chair of the meeting was Mr CHEN Linhao, as Deputy Director-General of the MOST Department of International Cooperation.

The Steering Committee approved the complete implementing structure of the RD -PUNE Agreement organized in four subcommittees: Subcommittee RTD-CAEA on Fission Coordinated Actions (FCA), Subcommittee JRC-CAEA on Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SS), Subcommittee RTD-MOST on Fusion Energy Research (FU), Subcommittee JRC-NNSA on Nuclear Safety (NS) and endorsed the rules of procedure of the four committees.

The meeting focused on the state of the activities of all four subcommittees and agreed for future cooperation. In particular, with regard the FCA the Steering Committee welcomed the progress achieved with two on-going coordinated projects and noted that the launching of the pending Chinese projects is needed for a better efficient cooperation. With regard to the SS several areas of cooperation were identified such as nuclear material accountancy and control, activities under the Instrument of Stability and cooperation with the Chinese Centre of Excellence on Nuclear Security. Moreover, a potential visit of representatives of the Chinese Atomic Energy Authority to JRC has been agreed. In the field of fusion energy research both sides already agreed a Work Programme and started to deepen the bilateral cooperation under the FU. The Steering Committee endorsed the first meeting of the Subcommittee on Nuclear Safety that identified areas of cooperation in the field of operational experiences.