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Since the mid-90's, ITU assisted national authorities in revealing the intended use and possible origin of seized nuclear material. Existing tools, used in the characterization of nuclear fuels, were adapted to this task; other analytical techniques, together with an appropriate methodological approach were developed (see I. Ray et al. presented to this conference). From a joint effort within the International Technical Working Group on Nuclear Smuggling, a Model Action Plan resulted, which included the Nuclear Forensic Methodology as developed by ITU, as a complementary measure to assist a state. In the frame of TACIS/PHARE support, we tested this concept together with the concerned authorities of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ukraine. Based on the above a new initiative is being developed for all thirteen future Member States to the European Union. A general meeting to start-up the support projects, organised at ITU on November 9 and 10, 2000, and was attended by two representatives per country. All presented their national situation with respect to nuclear smuggling (real cases, response...) and committed to support the implementation of a structured approach to both improve the national situation (and bring it up to international standards) and to seek for cross-border collaboration.

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Authors: JANSSENS W, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE);DAURES P, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE);MAYER K, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE);CROMBOOM O, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE);SCHUBERT A, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE);KOCH L, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Oral report given at: International Conference on Security of Material-Measures to Prevent, Intercept and Respond to the Illicit Uses of Nuclear Material and Radioactive Sources. Held at: Stockholm (SE) 7-11 May, 2001
Record Number: 200013201 / Last updated on: 2001-03-23
Original language: en
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