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Enhancing nuclear security: Training and international collaboration
Date:2/19/2011

n the development and implementation of a national response plan.

The JRC was chosen for the implementation of the training centre due to its recognition as a centre of excellence by national and international authorities in the field of nuclear forensics.

International collaborations

In 2010, the JRC signed a collaboration agreement on nuclear safeguards and security with the US Department of Energy. The agreement covers nuclear safeguards technologies, R&D in nuclear forensics, co-operation in combating the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials, as well as training efforts in related areas.

Furthermore, a similar agreement on nuclear security and combating illicit trafficking of nuclear material will be signed with the IAEA in 2011. These collaboration agreements will improve the effectiveness of co-operation in the field of nuclear security and foster the exchange of scientific and methodological information.

Another example of ongoing collaboration between the JRC and the US DOE is setting-up a project on Illicit Trafficking Radiation Assessment Programme (ITRAP+10). This project aims to develop and test certification procedures to assess the performances of commercial equipment used for the detection of radioactive and nuclear materials and to verify their conformity to international standards.


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Contact: Elena Gonzalez Verdesoto
elena.gonzalez-verdesoto@ec.europa.eu
32-498-986-482
European Commission Joint Research Centre
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