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Successor programme

To assess and mitigate the short-term consequences within the Community of the Chernobyl reactor accident of 26 April 1986 and to evaluate the medium-term consequences. To contribute to the definition of scientifically sound and internationally accepted guidelines regarding nuclear.


Following a Cooperation Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Soviet Union (SEC(90) 618 final) made in 1990, there was in 1991, a Communication to the Council (SEC (91) 220 final, of 12 2 1991), in which the Commission outlined the background for a collaboration between it's Research Action and the "Chernobyl Centre for International Research" (CHECIR). A preparatory phase of seven projects, dealing with radioecology and nuclear emergency management, was launched. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the CHECIR became a Ukrainian institution and the collaboration continued with the Ministries responsible for the mitigation of the consequences of the accident in the Republics of Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine.

In 1992, an "Agreement for the International Collaboration on the Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident" between the Commission and the representatives of the Ministries of the three Republics was signed providing a formal basis for cooperation.

Following a call for proposals, the original seven projects were extended and additional projects dealing with the medium-term health consequences of the accident were launched concerning epidemiology and dose construction; biological dosimetry including cytogenetics; and treatment of accident victims. Further studies are to be implemented to finalize the medium-term assessments and prepare the evaluation of the long-term consequences through substantial collaboration with the three Republics. In 1992, the Commission extended the cooperation originally outlined in the Communication through additional projects in the framework of joint Experimental Coordinated Projects (ECPs) on Environmental Effects and Joint Study Projects (JSPs) on Emergency Management.


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Cooperation by means of Research Project Agreements signed by the Commission in which Community laboratories, in particular those participating in research contracts of the Radiation Protection Research Programme, will be partners. Funding is on a cost-sharing basis in which the former Soviet Union will participate. Selection of participants, definition of tasks and the monitoring of progress will be carried out in consultation with the Management and Advisory Committee (CGC) "Radiation Protection". The Commission will keep the Council informed of each individual Research Project Agreement. Commitments entered into before 1992 to be covered by new payment appropriations amounts to ECU 1.7 million. Commitment appropriations carried over from 1991 amount to ECU 7 million with ECU 7 million also authorized for 1993.
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