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Bulgaria has become the 34th member of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation.

08 January 2021 Events and Discussions

On January 1, 2021, Bulgaria was accepted as the 34th member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD) and its Data Bank.

Accession to the Agency underscores the evolving cooperation between Bulgaria and the OECD. “Bulgaria’s membership will enrich NEA’s work in areas such as nuclear safety and regulation, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and radioactive waste management,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Guria.

NEA General Director William D.Magood welcomed the accession of our country to the Agency with the words: “Bulgaria shares the same future-oriented thinking, aimed at continuous improvement, as that of NEA members. We are very pleased that another country from this important region of the world has joined us and we are pleased with the contribution that its experts will make to the work of NEA.”

The use of nuclear energy in our country is a strategic priority that will continue to develop and contribute to improving energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

NEA will support Bulgaria’s efforts in a number of areas such as expert capacity buildings, development and implementation of nuclear information data and simulation codes, topics related to radioactive waste management, decommissioning and the development of nuclear economy.

Membership in the NEA is one of the measures included in the National Action Plan of Bulgaria for accession to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – a major foreign policy priority of our country.

In their capacity as national coordinator for cooperation with the OECD, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Ministry of Energy and other Bulgarian institutions, is making consistent efforts to prepare Bulgaria for membership in the Organisation.

Bulgaria’s active participation in OECD working and specialized bodies, agencies and initiatives is of paramount importance for achieving this goal. In 2020, the Bulgarian institiutions joined a number of legal instruments and became involved in the work of an increasing number of working bodies (committees and working groups) of the Organisation in various fields. Stepping up further this engagement is the focus of the new three-year Roadmap for the actions of the Republic of Bulgaria in the period 2021-2023.

Thanks to the increased activity, the Bulgarian side gained greater visibility among OECD member states, and won broad support for its candidacy.

For more information: https://www.oecd-nea.org/jcms/pl_52736/bulgaria-becomes-the-nuclear-energy-agency-s-34th-member

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