Holding their first meeting on 17-18 April in Paris, the stakeholders of the Nuclear safety culture sharing amongst the EU Member States (NUSHARE), a four-year initiative launched under the modified 2012 Euratom work program, started by reviewing the training needs and existing training programs identified in their respective countries.
“The meeting was an opening act, as we had the mandate from the European Commission to develop a harmonized curriculum for new entrants, mainly at nuclear regulatory authorities (NRAs). The NUSHARE stakeholders have developed a study to gain a better understanding of the functions and activities that the NRAs and TS Os are involved in. Based on the findings of this study, they noted that their scope of activities usually goes beyond nuclear safety to include security and radiation protection. Thus, ENSTTI came up with a proposal at the end of the stakeholder meeting for a training program covering all these aspects. The NUSHARE project’s major aim is to take the best from the existing courses to provide the best possible training EU-wide and to design proper content in subject areas where no courses are available.
The NUSHARE stakeholders will now be the ambassadors of the project back home, in the sense that they will communicate about the project’s value to their governments and public administrations with a view to enlarging the basis of NRAs and other stakeholders who may help create momentum and foster harmonized curricula.
ENSTTI considers NUSHARE a flagship contract, as it is a clear sign of the EC’s recognition of the Institute’s pivotal role in aligning the safety, security and radiation protection cultures and practices of Europe.“