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Agreement on international science and technology centre

A Council Regulation together with a Commission Regulation (3955/92/EEC and 3956/92/Euratom, respectively), concern the conclusion on behalf of the European Economic Community of an Agreement establishing an International Science and Technology Centre between the United States...
A Council Regulation together with a Commission Regulation (3955/92/EEC and 3956/92/Euratom, respectively), concern the conclusion on behalf of the European Economic Community of an Agreement establishing an International Science and Technology Centre between the United States of America, Japan, the Russian Federation and, acting as one Party, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community. The two documents (both of 21.12.1992) are linked with a third, this being a Declaration made by Representatives of the Community on the signing of the above Agreement declaring that the Centre shall have legal personality under laws applicable in the Community.

The Agreement reaffirms the need to prevent the proliferation of technologies and expertise related to weapons of mass destruction, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It takes note of the present critical period in the states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Georgia, including, inter alia, the process of disarmament, and recognizes in this context the need to create an International Science and Technology Centre that could minimize incentives to engage in activities that could lead to proliferation, by supporting activities for peaceful purposes on the part of weapons scientists and engineers in the Russian Federation and, if interested, in other CIS states and Georgia.

It is noted that the success of the Centre (which is to be located in the Russian federation) will require strong support from governments, foundations, academic and scientific institutions and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Each Party shall facilitate, in its territory, the activities of the Centre.

The objectives of the Centre shall be to contribute to the solution of national and international technical problems, reinforcing the transition to market-based economies responsive to civil needs, and to support basic and applied RTD in fields including environmental protection, energy, nuclear safety, and the promotion of the further integration of scientists of the CIS states and Georgia into the international scientific community.

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