Norway’s Contribution to the Nuclear Safety of Ukraine and Europe

by Meifan Honcharuk
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Norway’s Contribution to the Nuclear Safety of Ukraine and Europe

The state allocates almost €34.7 mln for the work of the IAEA and DSA on the atomic facilities in Ukraine

The Ministry of foreign affairs announced the allocation of NOK 250 million (≈ €21.5 million) to support the work of the IAEA in Ukraine. Today, the mission is located at 5 nuclear facilities in Ukraine: the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Chornobyl, and 3 others.

"IAEA experts provide the international community with independent, reliable assessments of the state of nuclear facilities in Ukraine. It is vital for us to have access to such independent information. The IAEA also provides technical support and assistance to prevent a nuclear accident," foreign minister Anniken Guitfeldt.

This year, Norway has developed a 4-year program of the Support Program for Ukraine named after Nansen, aimed at cooperation with Ukraine in the field of nuclear safety. As part of this program, the state will allocate an additional ≈ €13 million. The funds will be administered by Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority specialists to protect Ukraine, Europe and the world.

"We will support efforts to enable the Ukrainian authorities to restore the safe and secure operation of facilities and sites directly affected by hostilities," Anniken Guitfeldt.

The minister added that the main tasks for the DSA will be "repairing the infrastructure and restoring regulatory control at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant."

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