Belgium contributes € 450 000 more to the International Atomic Energy Agency for peaceful uses of nuclear technology

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders announces that, this year, Belgium voluntarily contributes € 450 000 in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The funds will support the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Concretely, Belgium will contribute € 250 000 to radiotherapy and nuclear medicine programs and € 200 000 to the modernization of the IAEA laboratories.
 
This amount comes on top of Belgium’s annual contribution of over € 700 000 to the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Fund. Thus, the Minister strengthens our country’s commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
 
The IAEA in Vienna is mostly known as an organization that guarantees the peaceful use of nuclear material and technology. It also establishes norms for nuclear safeguards and security. Additionally, the Agency supports nuclear applications, for example in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAEA laboratories contribute to projects to reduce the propagation of diseases (such as the Zika virus). They do research into alternatives to insecticide use or increased resistance of plant species. Three out of the eight laboratories are led by Belgian scientists.
 
Belgium is an international nuclear actor thanks to its nuclear research center, SCK-CEN, the National Institute for Radioelements (IRE)’s, the second-largest producer of medical isotopes worldwide, and the dozens of Belgian companies active in the nuclear sector.