EU and IAEA reaffirm nuclear co-operation

The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reaffirmed their co-operation in a range of nuclear activities. Senior officials met in Vienna last month to exchange views […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reaffirmed their co-operation in a range of nuclear activities.

Senior officials met in Vienna last month to exchange views on enhancing collaboration in nuclear security, sustainable development and research and innovation.

They agreed to strengthen their co-operation on nuclear safety, waste management and decommissioning as well as emergency preparedness and response.

The EU reaffirmed its support for the IAEA’s activities related to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Cornel Feruta, Chief Co-ordinator for the IAEA said: “Frequent exchanges at both the technical and senior official levels are very important. The EU is an important partner for the IAEA and we are interested in further enhancing this co-operation. The IAEA and the EU can work together and contribute to the objectives of the sustainable development agenda.”

The UK Government has pledged £2 billion of initial support for the Hinkley nuclear power plant but the man who was in charge of running the project resigned.