U.S., Czech Republic establish a joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center

The US Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, have agreed to establish a joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center in Prague.  The center will facilitate and coordinate joint activities and support regional initiatives in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation.

The establishment of the joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center in Prague also advances President Obama’s “Prague Vision.”  According to the DOE, in 2009, President Obama traveled to Prague to lay out his nuclear agenda, including his commitment to the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear power around the world.  He called for a new framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation, so that countries that play by the rules can gain access to nuclear energy to meet the demand for low-carbon electricity without increasing proliferation risks.

The United States and the Czech Republic have taken a number of steps since then to continue deepening their bilateral civilian nuclear energy relationship. Last month, DOE completed the transfer of 75 kilograms of fluoride salt from the Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the Czech Nuclear Research Institute Řež for next-generation reactor research.

According to the DOE, the United States has pledged $500,000 in funding via US contributions to the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative for regional activities to be performed in collaboration with the Center, including R&D workshops, seminars, training activities and academic exchanges. This funding will be supplemented by contributions from the Czech Republic.

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