Romania just received the official invitation to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the specialised agency within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), gov.ro informs.
Romania’s accession to NEA will be completed through an official exchange of letters between Romania and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria in June 2017.
Gov’t points out that Romania’s joining to this agency is the result of several years of cooperation involving Romanian experts in the exchange of expertise and best practices with NEA committees on the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear power.
“This confirms the constant progress made by our country with assimilating the OECD instruments. We will do our best for Romania to start as soon as possible the accession negotiations with the world club of the best practices for economic development,” PM Sorin Grindeanu said in the statement.
At the same time as Romania, NEA also agreed to invite the Argentine Republic.
“We are very glad to have Argentina and Romania join the NEA, a step that signals the growing co‑operation between the OECD and both countries, and an evidence of their commitment to best practices in the field of nuclear energy,” said OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurría. “The Agency will also benefit from the experience that Argentina and Romania can provide to the rest of its members with regard to nuclear technology and safety.”
Within the context of their national energy policies, both Argentina and Romania are active players in the nuclear energy field, with significant research capacities, OECD reads.
According to Gov’t press release, Romania officially submitted its NEA membership application in October 2016. Romania’s nuclear programme has undergone evaluation by the NEA Secretariat that involved all the relevant ministries of Romania, nuclear industry officials and officials of nuclear research institutes and the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Romania’s relation with OECD.