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European Commission Funded Projects


The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security of the IAEA is conducting several projects with funding from the European Commission under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). These projects are implemented by the IAEA under its approved Regular Programme with supplementary funding by the European Commission.


These projects aim to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear and radiation safety, radiation protection, radioactive waste management and remediation. As such, the projects support two of the INSC objectives, i.e.

  • The promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and implementation of the highest nuclear safety standards and radiation protection at all levels
  • Responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste, decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations

Key implementation mechanisms include (Art. III/6 of the IAEA’s Statute):

1. Establishing standards of safety and related guidance material

2. Providing for the application of the Safety Standards through, inter alia,

  • Promoting education and training (e.g. organizing workshops and training courses with the aim to train-the-trainers to build capacity in Member States)
  • Providing peer review and advisory services upon Member States’ requests
  • Fostering exchange of information (e.g. setting up of regional networks)

3. Promoting and encouraging the adherence to international instruments and conventions, such as, inter alia, the Nuclear Safety Convention, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and related Import/Export Guidance.

EC PUI Projects*

The IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) was initially launched in 2010 and has, since then, become an important vehicle for raising extra-budgetary contributions in support of Agency activities in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Starting 2014, the Department will conduct 10 projects covering different needs of Member States including, among others, topics such as safety assessment against different hazards, operational safety reviews, management of radioactive materials andradiation protection. The current projects under the PUI being conducted by the IAEA are:

*This project is completed.

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| Last update: Thursday, 05 October, 2017.