The Council underlines role of non-power nuclear technologies


The Council today adopted conclusions on non-power nuclear and radiological technologies and applications. Acknowledging the important role of nuclear and radiological technologies in areas such as medicine, industry, research and environment, the Council invites the Commission to support research in these fields.

The Council also asks the Commission to develop an Action Plan, which should address three specific aims:

  • secure the supply of radioisotopes for medical uses in the EU
  • improve radiation protection and safety for European patients and medical staff
  • facilitate innovation in the medical applications of radioisotopes, radiopharmaceuticals and ionising radiation.

Nuclear and radiological science, technology and applications are used in a wide variety of areas such as medicine, food and agriculture, environment, industry, materials, space and cultural heritage.