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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, visits Bucharest: Romania to strengthen cooperation with IAEA to build strategic nuclear partnership

On an official visit to Bucharest on Thursday, Director General of the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, voiced appreciation for Romania’s active role and significant contribution to supporting the Agency’s priorities related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy under observance of the safety, security and nuclear non-proliferation standards.

Amano was received by  President Klaus Iohannis who  thanked him for the constant support provided by the Agency for the Romanian nuclear program, a release of the Presidential Administration says.

The two officials welcomed the results of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington and emphasized the need to continue efforts in the field of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.

President Iohannis and the IAEA director general also exchanged views on recent developments on the international agenda in areas relevant to the Agency’s activity, focusing on the Iranian nuclear file and developments along North Korea’s nuclear dimension.

Also, Yukiya Amano expressed IAEA’s ambition to become a valuable global partner on topics such as sustainable development.

 

Comanescu: Romania is seen as observing highest nuclear security standards

 

Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu on Thursday said that Romania is seen as an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member state fully observing the highest standards of nuclear security.

“The nuclear component in the Romanian energy mix holds a significant share; it stands at about 20 percent. Romania is one of the not very many IAEA members to have the entire cycle of using nuclear energy, from the raw material to the actual electricity production. Thanks also to the IAEA, the evaluations which the agency conducts in the member states, Romania is perceived as one of the member states in which the highest standards of nuclear security are fully observed. It is a very important matter, which encourages us to continue seeing nuclear energy as a very important component in our energy mix,” Comanescu told a joint news conference with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano.

He pointed out that the IAEA official visit takes place under outstanding auspices, given that it is a little over 60 years since Romania became a member of this agency.

In turn, Yukiya Amano spoke of the IAEA role and the importance of nuclear security.

“The agency has a database regarding the nuclear material traffic, there are over 300,000 items collected since 1995. Several materials are very dangerous. If nuclear material falls into the hands of some terrorists, it can be used for negative purposes. The agency can draw some directions to prevent such incidents, therefore it has an agreement with the customs officers and the border police officers to detect radioactive and nuclear material trafficking. We provide equipment (…) to the countries needing it. We also have a database on illegal nuclear material trafficking,” Amano said, according to Agerpres.

He pointed out that the responsibility to strengthen nuclear security is incumbent on each state, with the agency’s role being of helping the member states achieve high standards of nuclear security. “We can help with guidance, training sessions, equipment and access to the database,” Amano added.

 

Minister of Economy: Romania is attaching special importance to the nuclear sector

 

Romania wants to strengthen its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to build a strategic partnership in the nuclear area in order to secure sustainable global cooperation, Romania’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Relations with the Business Environment Costin Borc said Thursday at a meeting with visiting IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

Borc mentioned joint projects underway between Romania and the IAEA, including the conduct of an agreement between IAEA and the Pitesti Nuclear Research Institute signed in Vienna on September 15, 2015 to deepen cooperation in scientific and technical assistance with the IAEA member states, as well as the establishment of an excellency centre for the management of nuclear waste at Cernavoda, initiated by the Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency, the Romanian Ministry of Economy reports in a press statement.

Borc also discussed Romania continuing cooperation with IAEA to develop professional skills and expertise for proper management of radioactive waste for the entire process, starting with generation and continuing with treatment, all the way to reclamation and final disposal.

He pointed out that Romania is attaching special importance to the nuclear sector, which is visible in both the significant share of the nuclear energy in the total energy output (nearly 20 percent), and the existence of a domestic infrastructure for the entire cycle of the nuclear fuel.

“Romania is a traditional IAEA partner in the area of nuclear expert training under technical cooperation programmes, and the ongoing visit of Yukiya Amano is conformation of the very close relationships between Romania and the IAEA. At the same time, it recognises the fact that Romania has the highest nuclear security standards and expertise in the field,” the ministry says.

Part of his visit, Amano extended an invitation to Romania to attend a nuclear security conference this December.

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