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The    feature 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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The beginning of a new year is a suitable occasion to reflect on upcoming challenges. Therefore, I would like to address you not in my capacity as technical-scientific director of GRS – which provides for the content of this edition of the EUROSAFE Newsletter – but as the newly elected president of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON). To begin with, I would like to start by thanking my predecessor Benoit de Boeck for his commitment and the efforts he took to further ETSON. I would also like to thank Michel Van haesendonck of Bel

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Dismantling a nuclear power plant generates several hundred thousand tonnes of debris. Only a few percent of this waste have to be disposed of as radioactive waste. Researchers from Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) and the University of Cologne are currently working on establishing a new measurement method for the analysis of waste arising from the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, which allows for a more precise and reliable determination of the type and quantity of radioactive substances in the waste.

Wanted: radionuclides that are difficult to

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GRS recently released its newly developed simulation program KMACS (Kernsimulator - Modular Adaptable Core Simulator). KMACS allows for the calculation of core states of pressurised water reactors within one operating cycle, from loading to shutdown. Taking the scheme of the reactor core loaded with fresh and partially spent fuel elements as a basis, the code calculates, for example, detailed temperature and power distributions (see Figure 1).

Depending on the local release of fission heat and the energy of the neutrons, the nuclide inventory develops spatially in different

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On October 12 2018, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable...

The Nuclear Data Group (NDG), included in the ENEA Nuclear Safety and Sustainability Division in...

Stable and radioactive isotopes environmental monitoring


The ALFRED project, aimed at realizing a demonstration lead-cooled fast reactor in Romania, was...

NUBIKI is a small engineering institute established in 2009 as the successor of the former...

Researchers of Centre for Energy Research (MTA EK) have been contributing to different projects...

 The Institute of Nuclear Techniques (NTI), which is one of the institutes of the Faculty of...


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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), ENEA (Italy), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), RATEN ICN (Romania), 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. Besides the authorities CSN, ANVS and SSM, all 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.


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