The aim of the event was to emphasise synergies between technical cooperation, nuclear safety and nuclear security in contributing to the development and sustainability of nuclear science applications in different areas which use sealed radioactive sources.
Shota Kamishima of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented the Agency's technical cooperation project under the Technical Cooperation Programme, which has 31 participating countries benefiting from 2.4 million USD of the technical cooperation fund and 1.4 million USD of extra-budgetary contributions.
"The EU has a comprehensive framework on the safe and secure use of radioactive sources," highlighted Said Abousahl of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. He underlined that cooperation with the IAEA has been strengthened in the field of nuclear science application through the 2016 practical arrangement signed between IAEA and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Through the Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative, the EU provides substantial support to the CoE partners' countries on the safe and secure use of radioactive sources. This includes support to development and consolidation of legal framework, detection equipment, trainings and exercises.
The French Ambassador to the International Organisations in Vienna, Ambassador Jean-Louis Falconi, and Fabian Féron, Director of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, stressed the strong safety and security framework required for the management of radioactive sources and outlined the approach France is taking with regards to this matter. Prof. Geoffrey Emi-Reynolds, Director of the Radiation protection Board at the Ghana Atomic Energy Agency Commission, spoke about the positive experiences of Ghana from participating in the EU CoE's initiative and the nuclear security cooperation with the IAEA.