EU-Indonesia cooperation in nuclear safety launched successfully
Indonesia hosts kick-off meeting together with the EU
The European Union (EU) launched a cooperation project with Indonesia to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of the Indonesian nuclear regulatory authority, BAPETEN. From 5 to 9 September 2016, technical and scientific experts held a series of kick-off meetings laying the groundwork for an intensive three-year work programme.
At the meetings, the EU underlined the importance of this first EU-Indonesia cooperation project in nuclear safety. The aim of the project is twofold: to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of the Indonesian national nuclear regulatory body, BAPETEN, and to cooperate in developing a national radioactive waste management strategy. Moreover, the technical capabilities of BAPETEN staff will be enhanced helping them to cope with the possible introduction and use of nuclear energy in Indonesia.
"Since the signing of Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Indonesia in 2009, the EU and Indonesia has come a long way in establishing a framework for cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. This project marks closer cooperation between the EU and Indonesia which we hope to promote the application of best international standards and practice for nuclear safety and safeguards," stated Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia.
Hendriyanto Haditjahyono, Executive Secretary of BAPETEN, said “This three-year project will be very beneficial for BAPETEN in order to enhance our capacity in regulating the utilisation of nuclear technology in Indonesia. As our vision is to be the world class nuclear regulatory body, BAPETEN has the responsibility to keep the safety, security and safeguards in appropriate level based on international standards”.
The project will be implemented by a consortium led by RISKAUDIT IRSN/GRS International and bringing together the Finnish nuclear safety authority STUK with the French and German technical safety organisations IRSN and GRS. The assistance will focus on seven different technical fields, including the overall strategy of BAPETEN, its management system, human resources development and training programme, basic safety principles, requirements and criteria for new reactors, site licensing activities, the national strategy for radioactive waste management and finally transparency and communication.
This is the first time the EU supports Indonesia under its Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation. The cooperation is expected to constitute one of the most comprehensive and substantial international effort to assist Indonesia in nuclear safety matters.
Project Title: Enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of the regulatory body and developing a national waste management strategy
Project Duration: 36 months
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