On August 29, NEA Director General, William D. Magwood IV, paid an official visit at the Technologies for Nuclear Energy State Owned Company from Mioveni, respectively at the Institute for Nuclear Research. Also, NEA Director visited the fuel assembly line from the Nuclear Fuel Factory.
During the meeting, the General Director William D. Magwood IV presented NEA's strategic plan for the period 2017-2020 as well as the organization plan of NEA, inviting the Romanian party to submit proposals for the Agency's working groups, the following meeting being in October 2017.
RATEN ICN presented application-oriented research activities as well as future projects such as GEN IV Alfred Reactor. At the same time, it was presented the existing cooperation between RATEN ICN and Universities from Romania, and 4 employees of the Institute who are also students at UPIT master program presented their activity.
The conclusion of the talks was that there are numerous possible cooperation plans between RATEN ICN and NEA, Mr. Magwood praising the work of Romanian researchers and especially the continuous concern for nuclear safety and the development of Generation IV reactors that will lead to an increased security of energy supply and lowering the CO2 emissions in line with Paris Agreement.
Under these circumstances, it was mentioned that the accession to the Agency demonstrates once again Romania’s capability and commitment to standards and good practices promoted by OECD.
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the OECD. Active from 1958, NEA facilitates the co-operation among countries with advanced nuclear technologies and infrastructures and according to its statute aims to “achieve excellence in nuclear safety, as well as in related fields such as: technology, research, environment and legislation”.
Romania formally joined NEA on June 7, 2017, through an exchange of letters following that the accession becomes effective from October 15, 2017.