Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI)

Purpose, objectives, key priorities

The Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI) finances measures to support a higher level of nuclear safety, radiation protection and the application of efficient and effective safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries. Its aim is to finance actions in the following priority areas:

  1. improving nuclear safety, particularly in terms of regulatory framework or management of nuclear plant safety (design, operation, maintenance, decommissioning),
  2. the safe transport, treatment and disposal of radioactive waste,
  3. the remediation of former nuclear sites and the protection against ionising radiation given off by radioactive materials,
  4. emergency preparedness (accident prevention as well as reaction in the event of an accident),
  5. promotion of international cooperation in the field of nuclear safety.

Nuclear safety and non-proliferation actions are implemented by EuropeAid, with the collaboration of External Relations DG, the Energy and Transport DG and the technical support of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Related sub-programmes or priority areas

Since 1 January 2007, it replaces the TACIS Nuclear Safety Programme which had covered safety of nuclear installation in the New Independent States (NIS), created as a result of the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Funding schemes, funding instruments

The NSCI has a budget of €524 million for 2007-2013. The assistance is implemented on the basis of multiannual strategy papers and multiannual indicative programmes. The strategy papers cover one or more countries for a maximum of seven years and contain multiannual indicative programmes specifying the key objectives and indicative financial allocations. On the basis of these documents, the Commission adopts action programmes, usually on annual basis. Certain measures may be adopted although not included in the programming documents: this is the case of special measures (adopted in an emergency) and support measures (for example, technical or administrative assistance). The indicative programme 2007-2009 has a budget of €217 million, equally divided among: measures in Russia, measures in Ukraine and needs in the other NIS countries.

Rules for application, financial rules

The entities which are eligible for funding are: partner countries and regions and their decentralised bodies, public and parastatal bodies,  public and parastatal bodies, private companies, non-state actors such as non-governmental organisations or professional associations, natural persons, the Joint Research Centre or EU agencies, international organisations and financial institutions. In case of call for proposals and tenders: each of them will specify in related documents the eligibility criteria for that specific call or tender.


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