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Assessing the nuclear safety situation in Central and Eastern Europe

Nuclear safety has been identified as one of the key issues in the context of EU enlargement to Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). In order to assess the nuclear safety situation in these countries, the European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for proposals for assistance in the preparation of an opinion, as part of the preparations for enlargement.

The general aim of the proposed cooperation is to develop a consistent and well-balanced description of the nuclear safety situation and to provide the Commission with advice on this situation as required. The improvement plans established by the CEECs' nuclear regulatory authorities should also be taken into account. The advice will be required both in preparing the Commission's opinion and in defining cooperation or assistance projects in the area of technical support to the CEECs' nuclear regulatory authorities. Since nuclear power stations in most of the countries concerned are of Soviet design, the cooperation should also consider the situation in the New Independent States (NIS).

The key areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Overview of the safety status of nuclear power plants in the CEECs;
- Overview of the regulatory environment in the CEECs;
- Generic overview of the safety situation in the NIS;
- Advice on preparing programmes of assistance and cooperation with the CEEC and NIS nuclear regulatory authorities and their technical support organisations.

All necessary information on submitting an application under the present call for proposals may be found in the Official Journal (OJ No C 293 of 22.9.1998, p. 9).

Subjects

Nuclear Fission - Safety
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