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The Role of Nuclear Industry in Nuclear Security Governance

25.09.2013

MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013. PIR PRESS – “Of course the main threat for us comes from nuclear terrorism. In order to prevent it we should provide more effective protection to the nuclear materials. Therefore we work actively on strengthening the cooperation between governmental bodies and nuclear industry, and we also support more effective application of the different legal instruments and conventions”, - Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

On September 3, 2013 the bilateral Russian-Dutch seminar “The Role of Nuclear Industry in Nuclear Security Governance: Moving to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague” took place in Moscow at the Marriott Courtyard hotel. The event was organized by PIR Center jointly with Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow. The representatives of the Russian and Dutch governmental bodies, nuclear industry facilities, and expert community took part in the seminar. Among seminar’s participants were Grigory Berdennikov, Ambassador at Large, Russian Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, Russian Sous-Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Ron van Dartel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Russian Federation, Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Huub Rakhorst, Managing Director of URENCO Nederland B.V., Mikhail Aboimov, Advisor to the Director General of JSC Tekhsnabexport, representatives of JSC Atomredmetzoloto, JSC VNIPIET, CJSC Alliance Gamma, FSUE Radon, JSC AKME-Engineering, JSC Izotop, FSUE Coordination Center Atombesopasnost’. The agenda of the seminar is available at PIR Center website.

Seminar was held under the Chatham House Rule. The Russian language version of the summary of the seminar is available at the PIR Center website (names and workplaces of the speakers are not mentioned).

In his welcoming remarks PIR Center president Vladimir Orlov noted: “The first nuclear security summit took place in Moscow in 1996 when the leaders of the G7 and Russia discussed measures on strengthening nuclear security on the Russian territory as well as globally. PIR Center prepared materials for this first summit. From that time our Center has been dealing with the nuclear security issues. Our representatives took place in the preparation meetings and nongovernmental conferences on the sidelines of the nuclear security summits in Washington and Seoul”. The full text of Vladimir Orlov’s speech is available at PIR Center website (in Russian).

After the seminar Ambassador Piet de Klerk, made a press statement (is available in Russian) and gave an interview to the Security Index journal. Ambassador de Klerk noted: “Of course the main threat for us comes from nuclear terrorism. In order to prevent it we should provide more effective protection to the nuclear materials. Therefore we work actively on strengthening the cooperation between governmental bodies and nuclear industry, and also we support more effective application of the different legal instruments and conventions.

We have discussed with our Russian partners important points which are connected with the preparation of the third Nuclear Security Summit. Russia has one of the biggest nuclear programs, and of course, Russia is one of the key players in the nuclear security field”.

PIR Center closely follows preparations to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague within the framework of its project The Future of the Global Partnership Program and Russia-US Cooperation in Nuclear Security”.

For all  questions related to the seminar The Role of Nuclear Industry in Nuclear Security Governance” please do not hesitate to contact PIR Center research fellow Alexander Cheban by phone +7-495-987-19-15, fax +7-495-987-19-14, e-mail: cheban at pircenter.org

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