EC signs first-ever nuclear safety project plan with Iran

The European Commission signed this week the first-ever project plan for nuclear safety cooperation with Iran, following the nuclear agreement signed in July 2015 between the country and the six EC countries, Kallanish Energy reports.

The €2.5 million ($2.69 million) project will enhance the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (IRNA) capabilities, supporting the authority to develop a nuclear regulatory framework working toward access by Iran to several international nuclear conventions.

The investment, part of a €5 million ($5.38 million) action approved by the European Union last year, will also review the results of the stress test to take place in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, in central Iran.

“A second project for the stress test at the Bushehr nuclear power plant is to be signed in the coming weeks,” the EC said, in a statement.

France, Germany, the UK, Russia, China and the U.S. signed an agreement in July 2015 with Iran on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The deal aimed to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. UN Security Council sanctions, as well as EU and U.S. sanctions related to the Iranian nuclear program were lifted as a result of the deal.