Senior European and Iranian officials attended a seminar in Brussels on 1 March with the aim of promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. The event, "International Nuclear Cooperation: Expectations and Responsibilities”, was the result of joint efforts by European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Canete and Iranian Vice President and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi.
"The seminar represents an important element of the growing cooperation between Iran and the EU, following Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," the European Commission said on its website. The JCPOA was concluded between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, comprising the US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany, in July 2015, and went into effect in January of the following year.
AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi heading the Iranian delegation, which also comprised Foreign Ministry officials and parliamentarians. He told the conference, that Tehran's complete commitment to its contractual obligations has not been met with similar dedication on the part of the other parties to the agreement, "especially some of them”. He said he hoped that “the unbalanced approach in the execution of the contractual obligations will be corrected as soon as possible”.
Despite the removal of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran following the agreement, European banks and financial institutions are still largely hesitant to resume cooperation with Iran, fearing punitive US measures, the Press TV website noted. “Observers say the USA has prevented much post-JCPOA detente and revitalised economic cooperation between Iran and the international community, especially since the inauguration in January of US President Donald Trump,” it said.