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NIA welcomes IAEA Board of Director’s approval for the UK Voluntary Offer Agreement

08 June 2018

Welcoming the IAEA Board of Director’s approval for the UK Voluntary Offer Agreement, Tom Greatrex Chief Executive of the NIA said:

“This is a welcome step in the process towards creating a domestic regime to replace current Euratom functions.

“It is the first in a series of international agreements which need to be negotiated, agreed and ratified with a number of third countries, and the practical arrangements relating to the UK’s safeguarding regime need to be finalised – including recruitment, training, systems and equipment.

“There has been significant progress over the last few months, but there remains a lot left to do.

“Industry continues to work with government to assist in this process, but it remains of  critical importance that the government finalise negotiations on a transitional framework for the UK before it leaves the EU and Euratom in March 2019. To minimise the risk of future arrangements not being ready at the time the UK ceases to be part of Euratom.”

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Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at niauk.org.uk or @niauk.
  1. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. In 2016 its activities directly contributed £6.4 billion to UK GDP. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 22.7 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Read the Nuclear Activity Report.
  1. You can access the NIA’s Exiting Euratom on the NIA website: https://www.niauk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Exiting-Euratom_May17.pdf

Media Contacts:

Shayne Halfpenny-Ray: 020 7766 6641 / 07921 804 085 shayne.halfpenny-ray@niauk.org