Experts to highlight EU policy perspectives in nuclear energy research and innovation

14 October 2013, Last updated at, 10:23 EEST
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On 14-17 October 2013 EU experts and policy makers are meeting in Vilnius to discuss Europe's nuclear energy research. FISA 2013, a conference on research and training in reactor systems and EURADWASTE '13, a conference on radioactive waste management will be held in parallel.

The events are co-organised by the European Commission and the Lithuanian Ministry for Education and Science, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU. Gathering together some 500 key stakeholders in the domain, the meetings will facilitate in-depth discussion on issues and policies in research and development programmes in both reactor systems and radioactive waste management in Europe.

The events will be opened by Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, and Dainius Pavalkis, Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science.

Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science says: “The upcoming Euratom programme for 2014-2018 would offer solid opportunities for R&D and training activities on nuclear safety and security, radiation protection, especially contributing to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe and efficient manner.”

“The programme contributes to the ‘Innovation Union’ flagship initiative by supporting relevant research and facilitating technology transfer between academia and industry. Putting emphasis on training in all its activities, boosting competitiveness in the existing nuclear industry and creating new sector of high-tech industry for fusion energy in particular, the Euratom Programme will lead to growth and new jobs in a wide range of disciplines,” says D. Pavalkis.

All energy mix scenarios elaborated in Europe’s energy Roadmap 2050 include nuclear energy in one way or another. While it is for each EU country to choose whether to make use of nuclear power, it remains the role of the European Union to develop, together with its Member States and in the interest of all its citizens, a framework to further research and training in nuclear fission and to explore the issue of safety of nuclear installations and safe management of radioactive waste.

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