EU and U.S. sign new agreement on increased nuclear security cooperation
Nov 16, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) signed a new agreement with the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) to promote greater cooperation in nuclear security.
The agreement, signed at the International Nuclear Safeguards Symposium in Vienna on 2 November 2010, provides a framework for greater technical cooperation between the United States and Europe in areas such as nuclear safeguards, border monitoring, nuclear forensics, export controls, and physical protection of nuclear materials facilities. It also calls for closer collaboration on research and development of nuclear security and nonproliferation technologies, and for enhanced coordination of outreach to third countries.
Not all countries use nuclear techniques for peaceful purposes. Seven hundred experts discussed at the symposium in Vienna the best ways to prevent nuclear materials from becoming nuclear weapons.