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EU joins Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU)

The European Union has completed its procedures for accession to the agreement establishing the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) of October 1993. In parallel to the ISTC (International Science and technology Centre) in Russia, the STCU aims to channel the skills...
The European Union has completed its procedures for accession to the agreement establishing the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) of October 1993. In parallel to the ISTC (International Science and technology Centre) in Russia, the STCU aims to channel the skills of former Soviet Union weapons scientists into peaceful activities. The STCU was established as an intergovernmental organisation with Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA being the original parties to the agreement.

The Centre aims to develop, approve, finance and monitor science and technology projects for peaceful purposes and to encourage weapons scientists to re-deploy their skills in research for peaceful ends. The objective is to contribute through projects and activities to the solution of national or international technical problems, and to the wider goals of reinforcing the transition of Ukraine and other states of the former Soviet Union to market-based economies.

Since becoming operational at the end of 1995, some 133 projects have been launched with funding totalling ECU 17 million. The first EU contribution to the STCU will amount to ECU 3 million. The Centre also supports basic and applied research and technology development in the fields of environmental protection, energy production, nuclear safety and the remediation of the consequences of nuclear power reactor accidents, and the promotion of integration of the scientists of the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union into the international scientific community.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities

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