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Assessment and exploitation of nuclear expertise in Europe

The European Commission, DG XII, has published an invitation to tender for the completion of a study entitled "Assessment and exploitation of nuclear expertise in Europe: current situation, trends and perspectives". The study is being commissioned within the framework of the Community's Nuclear Fission Safety programme.

The objectives of the study, as further detailed in the specifications, are:

- a) To collect, analyse, evaluate and present pertinent information, in a coherent and harmonized way, on the nuclear expertise available in Europe, both currently and in the foreseeable future;
- b) To make some policy recommendations, in particular on how to manage human resources and training facilities so as to maintain the level of nuclear expertise needed to run the existing nuclear installations safely and economically and/or to increase the level of expertise, in the case of an increased demand for new applications of nuclear fission technologies.

As a deliverable of this study, a final report shall be produced, aimed at helping the Commission assess objectively, both in a quantitative and qualitative way, the present situation of nuclear expertise in the various member countries and in some neighbouring countries. It is important also to address the time-dependent trends over the past 25 years as well as over the next 20 years and to derive some evaluation of future needs of nuclear expertise for a few energy policy scenarios in the EC (e.g. freezing, stepping out from, or increasing the demand for electro-nuclear energy).

This final report will be used by policy or opinion makers who need a critical assessment of statistics and objective information, to be presented in a harmonized and coherent way, on the current level of nuclear expertise.

The services will be provided mainly on the tenderer's premises with a number of assignments within the European Community. The contract will be for a 12-month period from the signature by both parties.

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