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EUROSAFE Forum 2016

7th & 8th November 2016
in Munich, Germany

Further information will follow.
We are looking forward to welcoming you there.












You can find all available documents of the EUROSAFE Forum 2015 here.


ETSON Award 2016: Call to junior experts for collaborative papers

The ETSON association has decided to reward 2016 two papers written by groups of young scientists from different Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs) and the EUROSAFE members by offering ETSON Awards, to be officially presented and attributed at the next EUROSAFE 2016.


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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). To receive regular updates on the EUROSAFE News please subscribe to its monthly newsletter.


After three years of conducting periodic safety reassessments for the anticipated shutdown of Doel NPP units 1 & 2, the Belgian TSO Bel V had just weeks to shift gears entirely and prepare for long-term operation instead. This particularly challenging crash programme and its implications for the safety assessment work performed by Bel V, the Belgian TSO.

Near Antwerp, on the estuary of the river Scheldt in the Flemish province of East Flanders, the Doel NPP consists of four PWRs with a total capacity of 2,900 MWe operated by Electrabel. Doel 1 & 2 came

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Since 2010, Bel V experts have placed increasing emphasis on the oversight of safety culture at nuclear installations, sharing the IAEA view that nuclear safety relies upon three deeply intertwined pillars: the plant, the processes and the people.

Historically, nuclear-safety experts focussed on technical issues when assessing NPP safety. In recent years, however, they began to agree that safety does not depend entirely on technology: Human factors also play a pivotal role. Bel V began its oversight of safety culture some five years ago. Today, its inspectors and

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Bel V’s thriving contribution to international programmes

Bel V’s fire and PSA experts focus on typical scenarios such as cable fires (with hundreds of kilometres of cables representing one of the most significant fire loads) and fires in electrical cabinets (with the risk of the fire spreading from one cabinet to the next). Bel V participates in international fire-research programmes such as PRISME (see below), alongside its French counterpart IRSN and the Belgian engineering company Tractebel, and in the FIRE (Fire Incident Records Exchange) database, together

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Bel V just completed the work packages it was awarded as part of the first INSC project...

JSP: three letters that symbolise the will of the ETSON member TSOs that their youngest...

A quite active ETSON group, the Technical Board on Reactor Safety (TBRS) is led by a Bel...

To assess the safety of innovative nuclear systems, Bel V elaborated new guidance for...

The Belgian government has extended the requirement for NPP stress tests to six other...

On 30 January 2013, the Belgian National Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched...

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

As shown at Fukushima, severe accidents with reactor core meltdown resulted in massive...


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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