The legacy of uranium mining in Central Asia is an urgent task which requires a speedy and coordinated response by the international community, This message was delivered both by the EU and the EBRD at a special event organised at the side-lines of the 72nd UNGA General Assembly meeting in New York on 20 September 2017. The meeting was chaired by the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Mr Peter Burian. The initiative on environmental remediation is part of the EU strategy towards Central Asia.
Enhancement of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence (CBRN CoE) capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework.
A major milestone was met by sliding the New Safe Confinement over the nuclear reactor, which was destroyed in an accident in April 1986. The ceremony to commemorate the sliding of the New Safe Confinement took place today in Chornobyl and marked a remarkable result in making the area environmentally safe again.
Statement on behalf of the Euratom Community delivered 27 September 2016 by Mr Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission on the occasion of the60th General Conference of the IAEA, Vienna.
Today the European Commission pledged around €20 million to the Nuclear Safety Account fund as part of the €45 million expected from the G7 and the European Commission in addition to the existing support.
The Strategy responds to the global challenges and the need for EU action in the field of nuclear safety, radiation protection and nuclear safeguards.
During the period 2014-2020 the activities will focus on the promotion and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards together with the nuclear regulatory authorities active in third countries. Support will be given to build and develop nuclear safety capacities.
The INSC MIP for 2014-2017 promotes a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and the application of efficient and effective safeguards of nuclear material in third countries.
It has an indicative budget of €120.34 million to fund nuclear safety and safeguards, regional and bilateral cooperation projects with third countries as well as funds for INSC administrative support and support to the work of International Organisations.