Enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of the Vietnam’s radiation and nuclear safety
(VNF) - In Hanoi, on June 22nd, the European Commission launched a new cooperation project with Vietnam to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety-VARANS.
A view from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okum (Japan) before the disaster on March 11th, 2011. (Photo: themonkeycage.org).
Underlining the importance of the EU-Vietnam relations in nuclear safety, the Commission hopes to assist Vietnam to establish a sound legal and regulatory framework before it embarks on a nuclear power program. Moreover, the technical capabilities of VARANS’ staff will be enhanced, helping them cope with the anticipated introduction and use of nuclear energy in Vietnam.
The EUR1.6 million project will be implemented by a consortium led by RISKAUDIT IRSN/GRS International, bringing together the French and Finnish nuclear safety authorities (ASN and STUK) as well as the Belgian, French and German technical safety organizations (Bel V, IRSN and GRS).
Besides, participants discussed and agreed on an intensive three year work program in six different technical fields, including legislation and regulations, quality management system, review and assessment of safety documentation, human resource development plan, nuclear safeguards and communication.
Since 2012, the European Union has been supporting Vietnam under its Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation and provides cooperation, assistance and continued training and tutoring to the regulatory body’s staff. It constitutes the most comprehensive and substantial international effort to support the nations in nuclear safety matters./.
( VNF )