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EUROSAFE Forum 2016

7 & 8 November 2016
Munich, Germany


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ETSON Award 2016

The winners of this year's ETSON Award are:

1st place: Francois-Xavier Ouf, IRSN

2nd places: Marat Mystafin, SSTC NRS and Jeremy Bousquet, GRS


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The EUROSAFE News features contributions provided by its members on current projects, scientific or technical issues and ongoing developments in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiological protection as well as on respective events. In addition, it also serves as a platform for information on the activities of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).

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On 29 November 2016, special events took place at Chornobyl NPP (ChNPP) to celebrate successful completion of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) Arch moving over the Shelter of Unit 4, which was destroyed during the accident of 26 April 1986. This was a key step before completion of the international program supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and 28 partner countries aimed at ChNPP transformation into an environmentally safe system in November 2017.

30 years after the accident at ChNPP, radioactive debris of the destroyed reactor are finally safely

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Marat Mustafin, Ukrainian Researcher from the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), won second place in ETSON Award (contest of scientific works among young scientists in nuclear and radiation safety) and divided it with Jeremy Bousquet (GRS, Germany). The contest was held on 07 November 2016 in Munich in the frameworks of EUROSAFE-2016 Forum.

Marat Mustafin presented his research on the assessment of RNPP-3 SG Heat Exchange Tubes during the management of accidents related to the total station blackout. The main strategy presented in the

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The construction of the Centralized Spent Fuel Storage Facility (Centralized SFSF) is very urgent for Ukraine. Every year the state spends about 150-200 million USD to export spent nuclear fuel (SNF) for storage and processing to the Russian Federation. The state can get rid of the dependence having constructed its own storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. The experts affirm that the Centralized SFSF is a high-tech facility that will ensure the maximum level of nuclear and radiation safety.

“The active phase of construction on Centralized SFSF site is assumed to start in

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The events in eastern and southern Ukraine posed new challenges in the regulation of nuclear and...

The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS)...

Very few people know about the existence of Prydniprovsky Chemical Plant (PCP), most of them are...

In September-October this year, the Nuclear Regulator`s Board made a positive decision on long-...

The International Conference “Novel Vision of Scientific & Technical Support for Regulation...

IRSN Director General, J.C. Niel, signed two memorandums of understanding with Vietnamese...

After what had been 15 Forums, the members of the EUROSAFE Initiative felt the desire to have a...


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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Amec Foster Wheeler (United Kingdom), Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Some of these organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.


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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.


Cover Tribune 29


  • # 6 Man-Technology-Organisation – The Safety Trilogy
  • # 5 Decision Making – A Stakeholder Involvement Issue
  • # 4 Decommissioning – The Need for a Holistic Approach
  • # 3 Convergence of Safety Practices
  • # 2 Safety of Reactor Low-Power and Shutdown States
  • # 1 Management of Nuclear Risks