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09 November 2022, 17:23

Cooperation of CIS countries in nuclear energy discussed in Bishkek

Photo courtesy of the CIS Executive Committee
Photo courtesy of the CIS Executive Committee

MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – Bishkek has hosted the 23rd meeting of the CIS Commission for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, BelTA learned from the Economic Cooperation Department of the CIS Executive Committee.

The event was attended by the commission members from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, as well as representatives of Uzbekistan, experts from respective departments and organizations of the CIS countries.

The CIS Executive Committee was represented by Deputy Director of the Economic Cooperation Department Anar Dzhanakhmedov. He welcomed effective cooperation in a number of key areas of the nuclear industry, including the joint response to emerging problems that was approved by the protocol decision of the CIS Economic Council on 10 June 2022.

The participants of the meeting discussed a number of topical issues and cooperation documents in the field of nuclear energy. In particular, they reviewed progress to implement the interstate program “Reclamation of the territories of states affected by uranium mining” and to draft the program of scientific research at the Kazakhstan Tokamak for Material Testing for 2024-2026.

In order to effectively implement the program to promote national nuclear power infrastructure in the CIS states, a decision was made to approve the draft regulation on granting Rusatom Service the status of a base organization in the CIS. The CIS draft cooperation concept in the field of hazardous waste management (type 1 and type 2) and the plan of priority measures to implement it were discussed and approved. These documents are to be forwarded to the CIS Executive Committee for further consideration.

The members of the commission discussed in detail radioactive waste management and approved the methodology to assess the status of nuclear facilities that are at various stages of decommissioning.

Within the framework of the commission's meeting, the council of high-level representatives of nuclear safety watchdogs of the CIS states discussed key issues related to the draft set of measures to improve safety culture and leadership to ensure safety in the CIS states. They also reviewed the preparation of the draft concept for radioactive waste management.

The next meeting of the CIS Commission for Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy is planned to be held in Q4 2023.

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