Non-proliferation initiative backing

5 July 2008

The heads of government of the European Union (EU) have backed a USA-Russia global nuclear non-proliferation initiative, making detailed pledges.

These came in a communiqué issued following the 19-20 June EU summit in Brussels. It said the EU and its member states agreed Moscow and Washington’s Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism “corresponds with [EU] strategy.”

As a result, EU member governments made promises to tighten up nuclear material security including:

  • Improving accounting, control and physical protection systems for nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances and enhancing the security of civilian nuclear facilities.
  • Boosting their capacity to detect nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances to prevent illicit trafficking.
  • Increasing their capability to search for, confiscate, and control unlawfully held nuclear or other radioactive materials and devices.
  • Ensuring their national laws “provide for…appropriate criminal and, if applicable, civil liability for terrorists and those who facilitate acts of nuclear terrorism.”

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