„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 organisations 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 Organisation 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.
Further information about the history of EUROSAFE can be found here.
The initiative itself finds its expression in three communication media that pool the ideas of various European safety organisations. It is intended to become the approach of all main European nuclear safety and radiation protection organisations.
The EUROSAFE Forum was first hosted by IPSN (now IRSN) and GRS in 1999, in conjunction with the above mentioned safety organisations. 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.
The EUROSAFE Tribune, apart from being distributed to all those attending the Forum, also provides all concerned organisations with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, and thus serves as a platform for exchanging opinions and conducting debates.
The EUROSAFE website provides a record of contributions made to the Forum and the Tribune, keeping visitors up to date with matters of interest and work carried out in the field of radiological protection and nuclear safety. Among other things, visitors can consult contributions to previous EUROSAFE Forums and all issues of the EUROSAFE Tribune, and ask questions concerning the organisation of the Forum.