Raising the level of nuclear safety and security internationally

In 2017, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority ran projects in the areas of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova. This programme is a component of the Authority's international work. The projects, part of an assignment from the Swedish Government, have resulted in a reduced level of risk posed to Sweden from a potential release of radioactive materials.

A radiological accident involving a release of radioactive materials in a nearby country could have a detrimental impact on people in Sweden. For this reason, work in the areas of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, and reducing the risk of releases, incidents and terrorist acts involving nuclear and radioactive materials, are in the best interests of Sweden and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. The Authority recently published an annual report describing international project activities run in 2017 in Eastern and Central Europe. Projects were run in Ukraine, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Georgia and Belarus, with the activities focusing on nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation.

"Apart from our yearly reporting to the Swedish Government in accordance with our appropriation directions, we also produce this annual report in English. It gives insights to cooperation partners and Swedish authorities alike about our work. In this way, we are continuing with an uninterrupted series of reports from all ten years of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority's operations," says Lars van Dassen, Director of the Office for International Relations.

Partnerships with Eastern and Central European countries are a significant aspect of work to promote nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, not only for the recipient countries, but benefiting Sweden as well.

"We establish contacts with countries in our region, resulting in a unique international network. Even in the event of political tensions between some of the partnership countries, they still have a broad understanding of our work and cooperation. This is particularly because of our focus on matters of technical and practical importance, and that we want to help solve these issues," says Fredrik Hassel, Deputy Director General of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.

The Authority's international project ventures are based on a decision by the Swedish Government, with funding provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the European Union.

For more information, please contact: Lars van Dassen, Director, Office for International Relations, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Tel. +46 8 799 41 94, or the Authority's press officer on +46 8 799 40 20.