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International Atomic Energy Agency

Promoting use of safe, secure and peaceful nuclear energy globally.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) promotes the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear energy around the world.

The EU is a major contributor to the IAEA's work, both in terms of financing and technical expertise. The European Commission’s support to the IAEA focuses particularly on nuclear safety and technical cooperation.

Memorandum of Understanding

In 2013, the IAEA and the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on nuclear safety, which includes working together through expert peer reviews, and the strengthening of emergency preparedness and response. The MoU was extended in 2017 and in 2021, by exchange of letters. It outlines the partners’ intent to further strengthen cooperation, particularly in education and training, research and development as well as capacity building. In 2022, the European Atomic Energy Community signed a new MoU with the IAEA, updating the previous agreement from 2013 and extending activities to include emerging areas of common interest, such as education and training, small modular reactors and the safety of fusion installations. The MoU also looks to further strengthen cooperation in the areas of radiation safety, waste safety and emergency preparedness and response.

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