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The European Treaty confers a number of duties and prerogatives to the Commission. In the field of environmental radioactivity, the Commission has recently decided to take up again its right of access to environmental monitoring installations in order to verify their operation and efficiency. Environmental radioactivity data covering environmental samples and foodstuffs from 1984 onwards are collected and stored in the REM database, set up by the JRC Ispra in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident. Summary reports are published regularly by the Commission. A major effort is being made to facilitate and to improve the integration of national data into a consistent and representative European picture of the radiological situation. National experts working groups have proposed solutions to problems in data transfer, reporting limits and the establishment of a high accuracy monitoring network, which will be implemented in the next report published. In the meantime, European laboratories have been encouraged to participate in intercomparison exercises to be performed in collaboration with the WHO.

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Authors: LUYKX F, JRC Ispra (IT);JANSSENS A, JRC Ispra (IT);DE CORT M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Conference on the Impact of Nuclear Installations on the Environment, Fribourg (CH), September 15-18, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37161 ORA
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