Key stakeholders in the Nuclear Action Plan

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Published 20.07.2015, updated 31.12.2018 12:38

Keywords: Nuclear action plan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for strategies and priorities and represents Norway in international fora in which nuclear safety is discussed. To ensure broad endorsement of decisions, priorities and measures, all relevant issues are discussed by an advisory committee for nuclear issues, chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority is the Ministry’s technical directorate and is responsible for administering the funding and quality assurance of the work. Applications and reports are processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ nuclear advisory committee before the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority makes a final decision on finance. Contact and collaboration with Russian regulatory and emergency planning authorities is also a central part of the work of the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority.

The Office of the County Governor of Finnmark is the Norwegian project manager for work in Andreyev Bay and the removal of radioactive sources from lighthouses. The Institute for Energy Technology is project manager for safety and security projects at nuclear power plants. The project managers are responsible for ensuring that projects are implemented in a proper manner and within the time frame and cost ceilings that have been set. An important consideration in the selection of project managers is that the knowledge that they develop helps to reinforce the Norwegian competence base for collaboration between Norway and Russia.

Norway contributes to multilateral initiatives, primarily through various funds administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD. The EBRD administers large nuclear safety projects, including several in North West Russia and Ukraine. Among others, these include Andreyev Bay, the transport and securing of fuel from the service ship Lepse and the building of a new sarcophagus over the wrecked reactor in Chernobyl.

The non-governmental organisations Young Friends of the Earth Norway, Friends of the Earth Norway and Bellona are an important link between the authorities and the public and play an important role in information work on the subject of nuclear safety. Collaboration between non-governmental organisations in Norway, Russia and other countries helps to strengthen the development of the civil society.