Sergyi Bozhko, Chairman of State Nuclear Regulatory
Inspectorate of Ukraine
(SNRIU), and Jacques Repussard, Director General of IRSN, the French Institute
for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety today signed a new cooperation
agreement in Kiev,
in the presence of Ihor Shevchenko, Director of SSTC,
the Ukrainian TSO (Technical Safety Organisation).
IRSN and SNRIU have long-standing relations of
cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. The two
agencies work together since 1990 under the European Union TACIS program
(nuclear component), which became the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation
(INSC), in 2007, designed to improve the safety level of nuclear installations,
The cooperation covers very broad technical areas such
as the evaluation of nuclear installations safety, radiation protection (man
and environment), the modernization of existing power plants, the management of
radioactive waste and decommissioning of facilities.
The IRSN office in Kiev enables IRSN to ensure ongoing active
dialogue with SNRIU, as well as with SSTC, the authority technical support, in
all of these areas. SSTC has also integrated the ETSON network of European
safety organizations in 2010. ETSON was created at the initiative of IRSN to
contribute to the European construction in terms of safety. It now brings
together the TSO of the main European nuclear countries.
The accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant shows that extreme
vigilance and constant improvement is still needed in the field of nuclear
safety. Ukraine, who has
lived the Chernobyl
accident, almost 30 years ago, has acquired an experience that she shares today
with the actors of accident management in the context of international
cooperation. It is in this context that SNRIU and IRSN have developed lasting
relationships and engage today a new stage in their cooperation.