ECONOMY

IAEA and European Commission praise 25 years together

The European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) celebrated 25 years of cooperation in the control of nuclear materials and facilities, at an event at the Commission’s Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe, Germany. The IAEA, of which Greece is a member, is responsible for verifying that states adhere to their international obligations in nuclear non-proliferation, including not diverting nuclear material or using facilities for developing nuclear weapons. The Joint Research Center of the European Commission has provided scientific and technical support to this work for a quarter of a century. «Work on nuclear safeguards is extremely important for global security,» said the EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik. «Our work with the IAEA will remain fundamental to what we do in this field. I am sure the next 25 years will be as successful as the last.» The Institute in Karlsruhe is one of seven belonging to the Joint Research Center. The JRC has provided scientific and technical support to the IAEA’s work for a quarter of a century, with more than 100 experts working on over 25 projects. JRC’s mission is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for planning, realizing and monitoring EU policies. It carries out research work on key subjects for European citizens, such as the environment, food and health, nuclear safety and safeguards, public security and anti-fraud, and reference materials and measurements.