EU and Japan agree on peaceful use of nuclear

2 March 2006

The European Commission and Japan have signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy that will provide a stable framework for the development of nuclear trade between the two parties.

Cooperation between the European Union and Japan will take place in strict compliance with international rules on non-proliferation, safeguards, safety and physical protection of nuclear material. It also takes into account the specific concerns for transparency with regard to sensitive nuclear material, in particular plutonium. The agreement will initially run over a period of 30 years with cooperation taking place in areas such as nuclear technology, nuclear reactors, nuclear safety and radiation protection, the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear safeguards. A separate agreement is to be negotiated on nuclear research.

European Union energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: “The agreement will provide industry with the stable and predictable long-term framework necessary for the implementation and conclusion of commercial arrangements in the nuclear field.”


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