During the recent visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Republic of Serbia, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for use of nuclear energy in peaceful purposes. The agreement creates a legal foundation for the practical implementation of joint projects in peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation – Rosatom and Nenad Popovich, Minister in charge of innovation and technological development of Serbia signed the agreement in Serbian capital Belgrade. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Serbian President Alexander Vucic were present on the occasion.
“Today we are laying a solid foundation for the development of high technologies in Serbia for many years to come. Improving economic efficiency, the developing agriculture, medicine, education and the quality of life is difficult to imagine without the use of peaceful atom. Signing the intergovernmental agreement marks the beginning of close and substantive cooperation in the field of innovation, digital, scientific and technical cooperation with our historical partner – Russia,” said Nenad Popovich.
The inter-governmental agreement identifies a wide range of areas of bi-lateral co-operation including assistance in creation and improvement of nuclear energy infrastructure in Serbia; design, construction and modernization of research nuclear reactors; nuclear medicine development; implementation of fundamental and applied research in the field of nuclear energy; development of innovative technologies and modern digital technologies in the field of nuclear energy; application of radiation technology in agriculture, industry; education, training and retraining of specialists for the nuclear industry among others.
“Serbia has unique potential and experience in the development and use of nuclear technologies. We have identified projects that will combine professional human and technical competencies of Russia and Serbia. Of course, all projects will strictly comply with the highest standards of nuclear and radiation safety, taking into account the central role of the IAEA in the development of such norms and standards,” said Alexey Likhachev.
The intergovernmental agreement also provides for the formation of joint working groups to carry out specific projects and research, as well as expert exchange, organization of seminars and conferences, assistance in educating and training scientific and technical personnel, equipment, materials and components supply.