The First Workshop on Euro- Jordanian Cooperation on Nuclear Safety & Security Issues

Published April 1st, 2008 - 10:56 GMT

The First Workshop on Euro- Jordanian Cooperation on Nuclear Safety & Security Issues

Further to the Joint Declaration on priorities for cooperation between the European Commission and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the Energy Sector of 31 October 2007, a workshop is held today, organised by the European Commission, in collaboration with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Headed by the Commissioner for JAEC, H.E. Mr. Khaled Toukan representing Jordan, and key stakeholders involved in the deployment of a civil nuclear power programme in Jordan.

The workshop is held with the participation of European Commission experts on nuclear safety and security. The Commissioner and the Head of International Relations from the Nuclear Safety Council of Spain, Mr. Julio Barcelo representing the nuclear regulatory authorities of the EU Member States, will present the relevant experience in an EU Member State.

Nuclear safety and security are essential elements of any nuclear power programme, which need to be recognized and dealt with since the very early stages. The creation of a nuclear safety culture and a competent and independent nuclear regulator, nuclear safeguards and security of materials and installations are very important to guarantee the safe operation of the plants and reassure the local population and the international community.

The workshop is intended to facilitate exchange of views and raise the awareness on nuclear safety and security issues, based on the long experience of European Union (EU) countries with nuclear power and the European Commission on cooperation and assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Areas for possible technical cooperation and assistance by the European Commission to Jordan in the fields of nuclear safety and security will also be discussed.


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