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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 4,7 million

Official Journal Reference

L 83 of 1979-04-03

Legislative Reference

79/344/Euratom of 1979-03-27
To develop jointly a system for managing redundant nuclear power stations and the radioactive wastes produced in their dismantling, thus providing both mankind and the environment with the best possible protection from the potential hazards of decommissioning.


The second Community action programme on the environment (1977-1981) underlined the need for Community measures on the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and laid down the content of, and procedures for, implementing such measures.

This first research programme in the field was limited to the decommissioning of nuclear power plants whereas subsequent programmes have covered nuclear installations in general.


- Research and development projects concerning:
. Long-term integrity of buildings and systems;
. Decontamination for decommissioning purposes;
. Dismantling techniques;
. Treatment of specific waste materials: steel, concrete and graphite;
. Large transport containers for radioactive waste produced in the dismantling of nuclear power plants;
. Estimation of the quantities of radioactive wastes arising from decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the Community;
. Influence of nuclear power-plant design features on decommissioning;

- Identification of guiding principles, namely:
. In the design and operation of nuclear power plants with a view to simplifying their subsequent decommissioning;
. In the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, with a view to defining the initial elements of a Community policy in this field.


The Commission was responsible for the execution of the programme by means of shared-cost contracts with public organizations and private firms in the Member States. It was assisted by the Advisory Committee on Programme Management in the field of the decommissioning of nuclear plants and by four working groups composed of experts designated by Member States' delegations to the ACPM, of contractors' representatives and of Commission staff.

The programme staff participated in and contributed to the working parties on decommissioning organized within the framework of international organizations (IAEA, NEA).

The results of research contracts appeared in final reports which were prepared on completion of each contract. The Commission also published four annual progress reports on the programme. A special conference on the results of the programme was held in Luxembourg, 22-24 May 1984.
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