EU officials visit IAEA labs in Austria

Ambassadors, diplomats and senior officials with European Union countries and the European Commission visited the International Atomic Energy Agency laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, on Tuesday for in-depth briefings.

Peter Ferros, deputy director general of the EC's Directorate General for Energy, Ambassador Györgyi Zanathy, the head of the EU delegation in Vienna, and other senior officials, participated in the program with resident IAEA representatives. IAEA deputy directors briefed the attendees on the essential contributions at the laboratories toward the agency's mission of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons while supporting peaceful nuclear technology uses.

The IAEA said close partnership with member state officials and scientists is significant in furthering the work the laboratories accomplish. The agency's nuclear sciences and applications laboratories support the research and training to ensure the safe and effective use of radiotherapy equipment, protect the environment, enhance nuclear instrumentation and analytical capabilities and reinforce food safety.

The IAEA's safeguards analytical laboratories analyze samples collected during in-field verification activities. The agency's representatives introduced the attendees to the collection and analysis of environmental swipe samples.

The visitors were also told of the IAEA's on-going, major project to expand, modernize and replace laboratory facilities in Seibersdorf to provide an increasingly secure, flexible and fit-for-purpose facility for the analysis of nuclear material samples.

The IAEA is a part of the United Nations family dedicated toward safe power generation and prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons.