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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, 50 Years of the Euratom Treaty {SEC(2007) 347} COM(2007) 124 final

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Abstract

The European Atomic Energy Community ("the Community") was created to establish the conditions for the development of nuclear energy in Europe by sharing resources (funds, knowledge, materials, experts, etc), protecting the general public and associating other countries and international organisations with this work. The interest generated by the Euratom Treaty in some States encouraged them to participate in the wider project of the common market, the negotiation of which took place at the same time as that of the Euratom Treaty.

The Community was given a large number of tasks in order to meet its objectives:

- to develop research and ensure the dissemination of technical knowledge;

- to establish uniform safety standards for the health protection of the general public and workers, and to monitor their application;

- to facilitate investment and ensure the establishment of the basic installations necessary for the development of nuclear energy in the Community;

- to ensure that all users in the Community receive a regular and equitable supply of ores and nuclear fuels;

- to make certain, by appropriate supervision, that nuclear materials are not diverted to purposes other that those for which they are intended;

- to exercise the right of ownership conferred upon it with respect to special fissile materials;

- to create large markets and access to the best available technical means by establishing a common nuclear market;

- to establish relations with third countries and international organisations to foster progress in the peaceful use of nuclear energy

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Record Number: 8616 / Last updated on: 2007-07-02
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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