France and UK hold nuclear energy seminar
On the sidelines of the Franco-British summit of 18 January, a bilateral seminar devoted to civilian nuclear energy was held. Chaired by Brune Poirson, France’s Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and Richard Harrington, the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the seminar reflected the two countries’ desire to deepen the already substantive cooperation between France and the UK on civilian nuclear energy.
The seminar included a discussion of public nuclear energy policies. After recalling the significant industrial cooperation under way in the area of reactor construction, it provided an opportunity to discuss prospects for new cooperation, in particular in the fields of decommissioning, radioactive waste management, skills and R&D. In these areas, France and the UK appear to be natural partners, and many opportunities exist to strengthen cooperation.
During the seminar, a statement of intent concerning support for the development of trade cooperation in the area of decommissioning and waste management was signed by the two ministers.
In addition to representatives of the two countries’ governments and government departments, the seminar brought together representatives of industrial sectors and R&D.
Conclusions from the seminar were agreed on and can be viewed on the British government website: