Belgium allocates 1,266,196 euros to the International Atomic Energy Agency to strengthen its activities

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Defence Didier Reynders is pleased to announce that Belgium granted €1,266,196 to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to strengthen civil nuclear cooperation and the Agency's capabilities.

The IAEA ensures that nuclear energy is not diverted to non-peaceful purposes and organizes cooperation among its Member States in civil nuclear applications. Belgium is a major player in this field, thanks to its recognised know-how in atomic energy and medical applications, and works closely together with the IAEA.

With this contribution, Belgium will participate fully in the search for solutions to current challenges, such as the preservation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the management of Iranian and North Korean nuclear issues.

733,264 euros will be allocated to the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund, the main financial instrument for transferring nuclear technologies to Member States and helping them to address key development priorities in areas such as health and nutrition, food and agriculture, water and the environment and industrial applications of nuclear energy.

50,000 euros will be granted to the Nuclear Security Fund, an instrument set up in 2002 to improve the security of nuclear activities, transport and storage of radioactive materials by supporting IAEA Member States in this sensitive area.

100,000 euros will be used to support the IAEA in the implementation of the Vienna Agreement on Iranian nuclear program and 50,000 euros is to enable the IAEA to be fully prepared for a possible denuclearisation process in North Korea.

150,000 euros will be allocated to a project to strengthen the regulatory framework of African States in order to control radiation sources. 180,000 euros are allocated to the replacement of a radiation spectrometer in Seibersdorf (Austria) used by the IAEA to verify samples as part of its role to guarantee the peaceful purposes of the nuclear activities of its Member States.