The Statute of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) takes the form of a Decision originally adopted by the Council of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation on 20 December 1957 and subsequently approved by the OECD Council on 30 September 1961. At that time, the Agency's members included European countries only, and it was called the European Nuclear Energy Agency. In step with the Agency's growing membership, the Statute was amended by successive decisions of the Council, and the name of the Agency was changed accordingly. Finally, the Statute was modernised by several decisions of the Council in 1978, 1992 and 1995.
The NEA is governed by the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy, which reports directly to the OECD Council. This committee is primarily made up of senior officials from national atomic energy authorities and associated ministries. It oversees and shapes the work of the Agency to ensure its responsiveness to member countries’ needs, notably in establishing the biennial programmes of work and budgets.
|Chairs of the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy|
|Professor Léandre Nicolaidis||Greece||March 1956–November 1960|
|Professor José Maria Otero Y de Navascues||Spain||May 1961–November 1963|
|Professor Urs W. Hochstrasser||Switzerland||July 1964–November 1966|
|Mr. Hans Henrik Koch||Denmark||June 1967–April 1969|
|Professor Carlo Salvetti||Italy||October 1969–May 1973|
|Mr. Reinhard Loosch||Federal Republic of Germany||October 1973–April 1976|
|Mr. Bo Aler||Sweden||October 1976–April 1979|
|Mr. Hiroshi Murata||Japan||October 1979–April 1982|
|Mr. Ivor Manley||United Kingdom||October 1982–April 1985|
|Ambassador Richard Kennedy||United States||October 1985–April 1991|
|Dr. Robert Morrison||Canada||October 1991–October 1994|
|Dr. Jörg Hermann Gösele||Germany||April 1995–October 1996|
|Mr. Christian Prettre||France||April 1997–October 1998|
|Dr. Lars Högberg||Sweden||April 1999–October 2003|
|Mr. William D. Magwood||United States||April 2004–April 2005|
|Mr. Jussi Manninen||Finland||October 2005–April 2006|
|Mr. Richard Stratford||United States||October 2006–present|
The first Strategic Plan of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) was adopted in 1999. It was an essential step in the NEA reform process that was launched in 1997 and completed in 2000. This document provides the NEA with guidance for defining and implementing its activities over a five year period.
Last reviewed: 29 October 2010