Russia signs MOU with French radwaste agency, Andra

25 June 2012

On the 21 June 2012, in Moscow, Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management, Andra, signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the cooperation in the field of radioactive waste management.

The Memorandum was signed by Oleg Kryukov director of the nuclear and radiation safety directorate at Rosatom and by Andra's director Marie-Claude Dupuis.

The Memorandum has fixed aspiration of the parties to facilitate the development of the bilateral cooperation in the field of radioactive waste management, in particular, advancement of radwaste management technologies; development of radwaste disposal facilities; public information and building up public opinion when radwaste treatment facilities are developed.

The MoU determines main principles and conditions of the interaction. The document notes the interest of the parties in setting up a joint working group to identify specific joint projects which will facilitate enhancement of safety at radwaste management. The identified joint projects will serve as the basis for signing separate agreements between Rosatom and Andra.

The Memorandum was signed in the framework of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the French Republic concerning the cooperation in the field of atomic energy signed in April 1996.

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