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European Fuel Cycle Consortium (EFCC): Call for comments

The Commission has published notice that it intends to take a favourable view of a notified agreement made between Cogema, France (Compagnie General des Matieres Nucleaires) and BNFL, United Kingdom (British Nuclear Fuels Limited) to form a consortium, the European Fuel Cycle ...
The Commission has published notice that it intends to take a favourable view of a notified agreement made between Cogema, France (Compagnie General des Matieres Nucleaires) and BNFL, United Kingdom (British Nuclear Fuels Limited) to form a consortium, the European Fuel Cycle Consortium, in order to undertake studies, assess the safety and the environmental consequences and recommend generic solutions relating to irradiated nuclear fuel management, and to the design and operation of the industrial facilities of the nuclear fuel cycle. These objectives correspond with the aims of the EU assistance programmes for the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The EFCC European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) has been set up for an initial period of three years. Its activities will be limited to the carrying out of studies of nuclear safety and environmental activities in the nuclear fuel industry, and of irradiated fuel management, in the context of the PHARE and TACIS programmes. The consortium is open to a possible six new members, who must be legal entities registered in one of the Member States, operating industrial fuel cycle plants and facilities in one of the Member States.

The members of the EEIG have decided to operate in accordance with principles of transparency, neutrality and objectivity. Transparency vis-a-vis the Commission will be assured, inter alia, by the archiving of technical documents and decisions of the group, and by prior notification to the Commission should a member of the group, alone or with a third party, submit an offer for a Commission contract. The Commission will also have the possibility to carry out an audit at the request of a third party. Undertakings have been obtained from the EFCC to ensure that the group will not have any decisive influence on the awarding of contracts by the Commission.

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