PRESS RELEASE - October 10-11, 2017: Analyzes & Services department finished its final meeting in China for a project developed during the last three years!

PRESS RELEASE - October 10-11, 2017: Analyzes & Services department finished its final meeting in China for a project developed during the last three years!

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Beijing, October 11, 2017

A European Commission funded cooperation project between European and Chinese Organizations in the areas of preparedness for and management of radiological and nuclear emergency has been a great success. The project implemented in 2014-2017 under the auspices of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) has effectively supported the People’s Republic of China in enhancing their capacities and capabilities for the prevention and management of severe accidents and arrangements for emergency preparedness and response in the field of nuclear safety.

The cooperation between EU and Chinese authorities aimed at improving the capabilities of key Chinese organizations to best international standards and practices by transferring European knowledge and experience in the field of nuclear safety. The project focused, on one hand, on assessing the current standards and arrangements for radiological and nuclear emergency management in China in the light of European and international experience for developing timely and effective airborne monitoring. On the other hand, it targeted the enhancement of the capabilities of the Chinese Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute in particular in the areas of severe accident management guidelines (SAMG) for plant shutdown conditions and damaged fuel in spent fuel storage ponds and of interfaces between SAMG and emergency operating procedures and on- and off-site emergency preparedness.

This project (EU funding: 980 550 € / 7 603 184 CNY) started on October 2014 and ended successfully on October 10-11 2017 with the organization in Beijing of the final project meeting attended by the project Beneficiary,  the Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and the End-Users: the Chinese Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), the National Nuclear Emergency Response Office (NNERO), the National Emergency Response Technical Assistance Centre (NNERTAC), the Chinese National Airborne Monitoring Centre for Nuclear Emergency (CNAMCNE) and the Chinese Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute (CNPRI).

This project was effectively implemented by a Consortium of four companies IRE - IRE ELiT (Belgium, Institute for Radioelements and its subsidiary, Project Leader), SCK-CEN (Belgium, Nuclear Research Centre), Tecnatom (Spain, Global engineering company) and UJV Rez (Czech Republic, Nuclear Research Institute Rez plc). The project implementation consisted in the development of specific trainings, seminar and workshops in China as well as “on the job” training in EU of Chinese experts in the fields of interest. The success of the project is the result of a productive partnership between the Chinese partners and the Consortium, the good communication between the different project stakeholders, the unique motivation of the Chinese End -Users and their willingness to enhance their capacities in the field of nuclear safety as well as their full support in the organization of the different training and workshops in China. The outcomes of this project will benefit to both EU and Chinese organizations and will help in contributing to the enhancement of nuclear safety worldwide.


Following the Chornobyl accident in 1986, the EU launched a nuclear safety program under 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 (INSC) with a total budget allocation of €524 million. In June 2014, the strategy for the implementation o f Phase 2 of the INSC (2014 – 2020) was agreed, committing an extra €225 million for nuclear safety projects. Cooperation with China began in 2010, and to date, about €10 million (about CNY 73.7 million) has been committed for China under the INSC.

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