We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Additional efforts to further enhance the EU's extensive know-how and attract more young people to studies and training in nuclear related disciplines are needed for nuclear decommissioning.
The JRC has released a new report giving a comprehensive overview of its research on nuclear safety and security, including their policy background and context. The nuclear activities of the JRC are aimed at supporting the implementation of EU legislation, giving priority to the highest standards for nuclear safety and security in the Union, and internationally.
Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe, is engaged in a large renovation and upgrade of its infrastructure in order to maintain the highest safety and security of its installations and to be able to provide state of the art support in the nuclear field.
Nuclear forensics is a key component in nuclear security as it provides information for the prosecution of nuclear smugglers and enables the identification of the origin of the intercepted material, thus providing essential information for improving preventive measures.
The JRC's nuclear safeguards activities will be significantly improved by the opening of a new analytical laboratory for nuclear micro-particles inaugurated today at the JRC's Institute for Transuranium elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe. European Commission and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) representatives attended the event, together with relevant stakeholders.
On 16 December 2011 the JRC launched the European Human Resource Observatory for the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N) and the European Nuclear Safety and Security School (EN3S). The two initiatives are aimed at preserving and upgrading skills in the nuclear field in the European Union.
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.
The European Commission has published today a Eurobarometer survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Europeans would find it useful to have European legislation on radioactive waste management. Due to the use of radioactive substances and materials also for medical applications and for research, the concern for the safety risk related to radioactive waste is shared both in countries with and without nuclear power plants .
The JRC and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This agreement promotes collaboration in scientific and technology areas such as energy, environment, security, high performance scientific computing and nuclear security.