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EU-Indonesia cooperation in nuclear safety implemented successfully

Jakarta, 23/05/2019 - 10:14, UNIQUE ID: 190523_1
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A two-day meeting was held from 22 to 23 May 2019 at the Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) in Jakarta for the conclusion of an EU-funded project entitled of "Enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of the regulatory body and developing a national waste management strategy project".

 

EU-Indonesia cooperation in nuclear safety implemented successfully


A two-day meeting was held from 22 to 23 May 2019 at the Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (BAPETEN) in Jakarta for the conclusion of an EU-funded project entitled of "Enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of the regulatory body and developing a national waste management strategy project".

The European Union (EU), together with its Indonesian partners, has successfully implemented a first joint project aimed at enhancing and strengthening the nuclear safety regulatory framework in Indonesia and developing a national policy for the safety of radioactive waste management, in accordance with the highest standards of safety and best international practice adopted in the EU.

This €1.18 million project was financed through the EU’s Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). Within its framework, implemented in close cooperation with BAPETEN, extensive knowledge transfer, including on-the-job training in the EU, exchanges of methods, know-how and best practices took place over a period of three years in the following areas:

  • legal and regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Indonesia
  • management systems for use by BAPETEN in the regulation of nuclear installations
  • capabilities within BAPETEN for establishing safety requirements for new nuclear reactors and evaluation of sites for nuclear facilities, developing a national strategy and enhancing the regulatory framework for the safety of radioactive waste management
  • human resources development planning and development of sustainable training programme for BAPETEN, as well as transparency and public information.


Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, highlighted: “The European Union is a close partner to Indonesia in a wide number of development cooperation areas including in the promotion of the application of best international standards and practice for nuclear safety and safeguards. We hope this knowledge transfer between the EU and Indonesia as facilitated by the project will contribute to more effective regulatory framework development and implementation in Indonesia."

Mr Hendriyanto Haditjahyono, Executive Secretary of BAPETEN, said: “BAPETEN, which has the duty to supervise all nuclear energy utilisation in Indonesia, must always increase its capacity to the world level. The cooperation project funded by the European Union and implemented by RISKAUDIT and its consortium partners over three years is very beneficial for BAPETEN, specifically to adopt several aspects of regulation implemented in the European Union, covering technical aspects related to nuclear safety, as well as the managerial aspects such as the management systems and human resource development."

The project was implemented by RISKAUDIT International together with European Regulators (STUK/ Säteilyturvakeskus, Finland) and Technical Support Organisations (IRSN/ Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, France and GRS/ Gesellschaft für Anlagenund Reaktorsicherheit, Germany).


Background

 


Following the Chornobyl accident in 1986, the EU launched a nuclear safety programme under the TACIS (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States) which, between 1991 and 2006, allocated some €1.3 billion to nuclear safety and security projects. From 2007 to 2013, the EU expanded its nuclear safety assistance to third countries under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation with a total budget allocation of €524 million. In June 2014, the strategy for the implementation of Phase 2 of the INSC (2014-2020) was agreed, committing an extra €225 million for nuclear safety projects. Cooperation with Indonesia began in 2016, and to date, about €1 million has been committed for Indonesia under the INSC. Further cooperation with Indonesia is currently being implemented and planned at regional (ASEAN) level in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Response.



Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and has strong industrial and technical capabilities. Radiation sources are used extensively in medical, industrial, agricultural and research activities, with BAPETEN having issued over 4,000 licences for the medical and industrial practices involved. Indonesia has a large nuclear research programme with many years of research experience and contemplates the possibility of introducing a nuclear power programme in the future, as needs require. Indonesia has a nuclear regulatory framework in place that needs to develop further to maintain coherence with international safety standards and to be in a position to effectively regulate the introduction of any new nuclear technologies within the country. Establishing effective cooperation between Indonesian and European regulatory authorities is contributing to the development of a common understanding in implementing requirements, standards and international best practice in nuclear safety.

 

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