A joint declaration on co-operation was signed today in Moscow during a ceremony attended by officials from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Russian Federation agencies involved in its implementation. Konstantin Pulikovsky, Chairman of the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor), signed on behalf of the Russian Federation and Director-General Luis Echávarri signed on behalf of the NEA.
Rostechnadzor Chairman K. Pulikovsky (left) and NEA Director-General L. Echávarri
Commenting on this noteworthy event, the NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri said "This joint declaration is highly significant and an important step towards strengthening ties between the Russian Federation and the NEA. Russian participation will enhance the work of the NEA pool of over 3 000 international nuclear experts." The joint declaration opens the way for the Russian Federation to participate as an observer in all of the Agency's standing technical committees* and their working groups. Co-ordination of the co-operation carried out under the joint declaration will be the responsibility of the Federal Agency for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and the NEA Secretariat respectively.
The joint declaration has multiple goals: facilitating scientific research in the nuclear field; assessing innovative technology development; advancing national and international legal frameworks; and performing economic analyses essential for the safe, ecological and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
The NEA Steering Committee has identified the Russian Federation for a number of years in its outreach strategy, notably because of the country's sizable nuclear power programme, its technical capacity and the mutual benefit that would ensue from such co-operation. In the past, the Russian Federation has already participated in NEA work in the areas of nuclear safety, nuclear regulation and nuclear law. It also participates in a number of NEA joint projects, several of which it has hosted.
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Joint Declaration on Co-operation between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the Field of the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (pdf, 160 kb).
NEA membership consists of 28 OECD countries. The mission of the NEA is to assist its member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The NEA also provides authoritative assessments and forges common understandings on key issues, as input to government decisions on nuclear energy policy and to broader OECD policy analyses in areas such as energy and sustainable development. The information, data and analyses it provides draw on one of the best international networks of technical experts.
*NEA standing technical committees: