Joint Programme on the Technical Development and Further Improvement of IAEA Safeguards between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The “Joint Programme on the Technical Development and Further Improvement of IAEA Safeguards” was offered to the International Atomic Energy Agency by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany by letter of 13 September 1978, and was officially accepted by the Director General on 5 October 1978.
The aim of the German Support Programme is to assist the Agency in the elaboration of effective and practicable safeguards, thus contributing to strengthening the Agency in this field. Accordingly, the Support Programme comprises research and development in the field of safeguards and includes the provision of expert advice to the Agency.
The Support Programme consists of individual tasks to be executed by public and private institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany. The list of tasks shall be supplemented and updated with the agreement of both parties. The Support Programme shall continue as long as tasks remain to be carried out; however, it may be terminated by one of the parties.
The execution of the Support Programme is supervised by the Joint Committee, the members of which include representatives of the Agency and of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The European Commission, represented by the General Directorate of Energy (ENER), participates by sending an observer. At its semi-annual meetings, the Joint Committee takes the appropriate decisions with regard to supplementing and updating the list of tasks, clarifying issues raised by either side during the execution of the Support Programme, and examining results of the individual tasks.
A “Programmrat“ is convened at intervals by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and is composed of representatives of the Jülich Research Centre, the nuclear industry and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection involved in the Support Programme. The European Commission participates by sending an observer. The “Programmrat“ advises on the continuation of the Support Programme, the distribution of the funding allocated to the Support Programme and on other subjects to be treated by the Joint Committee. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is supported by the Jülich Research Centre in the coordination of Support Programme implementation.