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Romania will join the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has officially invited Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and its Data Bank. Romania's accession to NEA will be formalised with official exchange of letters in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria in June 2017.

Romania's accession to this OECD agency is the outcome of many years of cooperation involving the participation of Romanian experts in the exchange of expertise and best practices within the NEA committees, regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy.

"I am hailing the OECD decision to invite Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency, which will benefit both parties. This is a confirmation of the constant progress made by our country towards assimilating the OECD instruments. We will do our best for Romania to start as soon as possible the negotiations to join the world club of the best economic development practices, "Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated.

Romania officially submitted its NEA membership application in October 2016. Romania's nuclear programme later underwent evaluation by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort that involved all the relevant ministries of Romania, nuclear industry officials and officials of nuclear research institutes and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Romania's Relation with OECD.

This dialogue revealed that Romania meets the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and the NEA in the field of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security.

Once with the completion of the accession process, Romania and Argentina will join 31 states already NEA members that are working together for the best practices and policies development in the nuclear field.

"We are very glad to have Argentina and Romania join the NEA, a step that signals the growing co‑operation between the OECD and both countries, and an evidence of their commitment to best practices in the field of nuclear energy," said OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurría.

The OECD's decision reconfirms Romania's long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe nuclear technology (CANDU-6).

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