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.
Today, the official inauguration of the new office building has taken place in the presence of European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, responsible for research, innovation and science, and Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for energy. German representatives from the federal ministry for education and research and from the State of Baden-Württemberg ministry for environment, climate and energy industry also took part in the ceremony.
This event marked the achievement of the first phase of the upgrading process, which will be completed with a new nuclear laboratory building.
This research institute provides scientific and technical support to the European Commission in the implementation of the Euratom treaty, extended to the EU Member States and Associated Countries. It focuses its activities on nuclear waste management, safety of nuclear fuels and fuel cycle, nuclear medical applications, nuclear safeguards, non-proliferation, security, nuclear forensics and combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.
At international level, the JRC cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) and worldwide key national nuclear safety and security stakeholders, in particular in the US, Japan, Korea, Russia and China.
The JRC efforts to provide not only operational support, but also research and development, training and capacity building, play an essential role in enhancing the highest standards of nuclear safety and security in the EU.