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November, 6 + 7
Paris, France

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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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In the context of the EUROSAFE Forum 2017 in Paris, France on November 6-7, I would like to underscore how important this meeting is for sharing knowledge and experience among the nuclear safety and radiation protection communities of experts, for the benefit of nuclear safety today and in the future. I also urge TSOs worldwide – and ETSON member TSOs in particular – to continue to provide this unique initiative with the strongest possible support.

As regards ETSON, the Network has succeeded, over the past couple of months, in making significant strides in its development to keep up

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A single text to replace five previous directives

The new 2013-59 EURATOM council directive on radiation protection of workers, the public and patients requires all types of exposures and sources to be taken into account. Accordingly, the new European Basic Safety Standards (BSS) on radiation protection encompass professional, existing/natural and emergency exposures to artificial sources (e.g. Cobalt-60 or Caesium-137) or natural sources (radon, NORM* or cosmic sources). The scope of the directive is broad, as it replaces five previous directives.

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Located on the bank of the Meuse River, near the city of Huy in the Walloon province of Liège, the Tihange NPP consists of three PWRs commissioned in 1975, 1983 and 1985, respectively. If the three units (Tihange 1, 2 and 3) were originally designed for 40 years of operation, Tihange 1 saw its lifetime extended by ten years. In the wake of the post-Fukushima stress tests, the subsequent long-term operation (LTO) project involved the construction of new infrastructure to enhance the safety of Unit 1, including a new underground gallery to connect Building W, an existing building that houses

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The instrumentation and control devices in a nuclear power plant are designed according to the...

MTA EK operates several experimental facilities, in order to support code validation and safety...

Own developed codes like KARATE, KIKO3D and FUROM codes are used widely for the core design and...

Chloride trace contamination on stainless steel surface can initialize localized corrosion...

Steam generators of VVER 440 type nuclear power plant are not interchangeable economically....

A part of the research of the Gas Cooled Fast Reactors generation IV is experimental support for...

A quick method to determine the current state of materials is a direct sampling of the primary...

Small Punch Test (SPT) samples have a great advantage in reducing the radioactivity of the...

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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 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), Wood (United Kingdom), 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.

The EUROSAFE Forums

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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