The commissioner for research and innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, has applauded the inauguration of an EU training centre for nuclear and radioactive safety.
The training centre, called EUSECTRA, is located at the Joint Research Centre’s site in Karlsruhe, Germany. The facilities for the centre will contain laboratories to train nuclear inspectors from the European Commission (Euratom) and the International Atomic Energy Agency. It will also provide training for the detection and identification of materials, the management of radiological crime scenes and the development of national response plans.
"This new training centre is at the cutting edge of research and technology in this field," said Geoghegan-Quinn in a statement. "Training and international cooperation in detection are key elements in our response to the threat of illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials."