Swedish Radiation Safety Authority promotes nuclear safety, radiation protection and non-proliferation in Eastern Europe

As commissioned by the Government of Sweden, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority promotes cooperation with regional neighbours including the Russian Federation, in addition to cooperation and development projects with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus. In 2018, the Authority, SSM, carried out extensive project activities. Also, as per its appropriation directions, the Authority reported on its operations to the Swedish Government.

Through the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Sweden contributes to wide-ranging projects in the fields of nuclear safety, radiation protection and non-proliferation. These efforts are implemented in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova. Over the past year, a total of 50 projects were run. These initiatives involved areas such as financial support for training and education programmes on topics including nuclear non-proliferation and physical protection, financial support for strengthened physical protection of nuclear power plants in Ukraine, emergency preparedness partnerships, management of radioactive and nuclear waste, assistance to regulatory authorities, as well as handling of radioactive sources.

“The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has a long-term approach together with the stakeholders in the countries designated by the Swedish Government. We provide assistance to our cooperation partners to raise awareness and strengthen not only skills, but also the handling of strong radiation sources and nuclear waste in practice. The higher the standard of management in the fields internationally, the higher the level of safety and security in Sweden,” says Director Lars van Dassen of SSM’s Office for International Relations.

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has forwarded its report on the above-mentioned activities to the Government of Sweden. In April, the Authority will present its planned future initiatives in the fields.

For more information, please contact: The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s duty press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.