1st meeting of Ukraine-Euratom R&I Committee

On 4 July 2018 the First Meeting of the Ukraine-Euratom Research and Innovation Committee (the Joint Committee) under the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the European Atomic Energy Community associating Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training programme (2014-2018) took place in Brussels.

The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Mr Maksym Strikha, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, and the European Commission delegation by Mr Patrick Child, EC Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, who chaired the meeting.

The Joint Committee reviewed and assessed the association of Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2014-2018) since the Association Agreement entered into force on 28 October 2016. The Association Agreement covers the whole spectrum of activities under the Programme including grant funded fission and fusion research, as well as the activities of the Joint Research Centre in the field of nuclear research.

In his opening remarks, Mr Child stressed that the European Commission is committed to the successful implementation of the association of Ukraine to Euratom. Mr Strikha emphasized Ukrainian appreciation of the higher status of cooperation. Ukraine also welcomed the EC National Contact Point (NCP) coordination and support action  under the Euratom Work Programme 2018 focused on deeper integration of Ukrainian researchers in Euratom. This project facilitates the participation of Ukrainian scientists in Euratom Programmes, enhances networking between European and Ukrainian scientists and raises awareness both of Euratom in Ukraine and of Ukrainian research activities in the EU.

The Joint Committee stressed the advantages of association in terms of Ukrainian research entities’ participation in indirect actions of nuclear fission and radiation protection under the same conditions as those applicable to legal entities of Member States of the EU. Ukraine became a full partner with the same rights and benefits as national laboratories from EU Member States in the EUROfusion consortium, implementing a comprehensive joint programme in line with the agreed European roadmap to fusion electricity. Ukrainian research institutions are increasingly collaborating with the Joint Research Centre under the Euratom Programme, often jointly with other European partners, establishing informal networks and opening further cooperation opportunities.

Mr Child stressed the importance of international cooperation in nuclear safety research and encouraged Ukrainian research entities to participate in the call under the  Euratom Work Programme 2018.

Both sides agreed on further developing their cooperation, as required by the Association Agreement and expressed satisfaction with the pace of association. The second meeting is planned for the spring of 2020.

Stakeholder consultation on the future Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025)

Stakeholder consulation on the future Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) is currently open until Friday, 16 February 2018 at 12 p.m. CET. Should you wish to participate you can access the consultation here.

Euratom aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way. By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges.

The indirect actions of the Euratom Programme focus on two areas:

  • nuclear fission and radiation protection
  • fusion research aiming at developing magnetic confinement fusion as an energy source.

The Euratom Programme puts a strong emphasis on developing nuclear skills and competence. This will allow Europe to maintain world leadership in nuclear safety and waste management and to attain the highest level of protection from radiation.  In particular, the Programme will be carrying out research in the medical uses of radiation, for the benefit for all European citizens.

For fusion research, the Programme calls for a substantial reorganisation that will support a shift from pure, academic research to scientific questions of designing, building and operating future facilities such as ITER. This will allow fusion to progress towards electricity production by fusion around the middle of the century.

To achieve these objectives, the nuclear research activities will be supported by simpler legislation, thereby facilitating access to funding for companies, universities, research institutes in all EU Member States and beyond. In line with the Euratom Treaty, the Programme will run for five years, from 2014 to 2018.

Main priorities

The Euratom Research and Training Programme has the following specific objectives:

  • Support safety of nuclear systems;
  • Contribute to the development of safe longer term solutions for the management of ultimate radioactive waste;
  • Support the development and sustainability of nuclear expertise and excellence in the European Union;
  • Support radiation protection and development of medical applications of radiation, including, inter alia, the secure and safe supply and use of radioisotopes;
  • Move toward demonstration of feasibility of fusion as a power source by exploiting existing and future fusion facilities;
  • Lay the foundations for future fusion power plants by developing materials, technologies and conceptual design;
  • Promote innovation and industrial competitiveness;
  • Ensure availability and use of research infrastructures of pan-European relevance.

Link to the consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Euratom_21-25

NUCL-EU 2020 presented at SET-Plan Conference 2017 – Bratislava

The NUCL-EU 2020 project members were present at the SET-Plan Conference 2017 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, and its side event, National Information Day – Safe, clean and efficient energy (SC3) and EURATOM. Through our poster we could address the very relevant stakeholders coming to Bratislava for participation.

The programme of the side event covered a wide range of themes. First there was a thorough analysis of the participation in both ENERGY (Veronika Dugovičová) and EURATOM (Nataša Hurtová, who is not only a national contact point for EURATOM of the Slovak Republic, but also one of the beneficiaries of the NUCL-EU 2020 project. General information

NUCL-EU 2020 project, Veronika Korittová from the Technology Centre CAS, Czech Republic.

about the new work programme followed, both for ENERGY, presented by Mr Zuberec from DG ENERGY of the European Commission, and for EURATOM, presented by a beneficiary of the

As for EURATOM, it is important to mention also the advice of an evaluator, where Zuzana Palková from Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra presented general recommendations for those interested in the Horizon 2020 programme, in an attractive and very condensed form.

A vivid discussion followed, helping to understand the needs of stakeholders, an giving a possibility to presenting to them a wide range of services offered by national contact points and the NUCL-EU 2020 project.

Public survey on nuclear and radiological risk perception

The CONCERT European Joint Programme (EJP) for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research under Horizon 2020, operates as an umbrella structure for the research initiatives jointly launched by the European radiation protection research platforms (MELODI, ALLIANCE, NERIS, EURADOS and EURAMED). This joint research effort in key areas will help to stimulate an active dialogue with all parties with a significant interest in radiation protection.

In the context of this active dialogue, we would like to invite you to participate in the survey linked below,  aiming to gauge the perception of nuclear and radiological risk amongst a wide range of people and their opinion on related issues such as communication and information received by different actors.

It should take approximately 10-12 minutes of your time. Your results will be kept confidential and used only for research purposes. Your participation is very valuable and greatly appreciated.

More information: http://www.concert-h2020.eu/en/Stakeholders/Public_survey