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High-level Inauguration at the JRC's Institute of Transuranium Elements

February 07, 2013

The new NCO wing complex.

 The new NCO office complex at JRC-ITU.

Coinciding with its 50th Anniversary, the JRC's Institute for Transuranium elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe, is engaged in a large renovation and upgrade of its infrastructure in order to maintain the highest safety and security of its installations and to be able to provide state of the art support in the nuclear field.

On Monday 4th February, the official inauguration of the new office building took place in the presence of EU Commissioners for research, innovation and science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, and energy, Günther Oettinger. German representatives from the Federal ministry for education and research and the State of Baden-Württemberg also took part in the ceremony.

This event marked the achievement of the first phase of the modernisation process, which will be completed with a new nuclear laboratory building.

Following the inauguration, the event was widely publicised through the press & media, with particular focus and recognition for the vital work carried out and highest safety standards in practice.

This research institute provides scientific and technical support to the European Commission in the implementation of the Euratom treaty, extended to the EU Member States and Associated Countries.. It focuses its activities on nuclear waste management, the safety of nuclear fuels and fuel cycle, scientific excellence and nuclear medical applications, nuclear safeguards, non-proliferation and security, nuclear forensics and combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. At international level, the JRC cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) and worldwide key national nuclear safety and security stakeholders, in particular in US, Japan, Korea, Russia and China.

The JRC efforts not only to provide operational support, but also research and development, training and capacity building, play an essential role in enhancing the highest standards of nuclear safety and security in the EU.