International Affairs

In Switzerland, on-going activities regarding safety assessment of the different stages in the lifetime of nuclear installations consist of periodic assessments and assessments of long-term operation for existing Swiss NPPs.

When it comes to international affairs, Switzerland has signed the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) on 31 October 1995. In November 2011, an IRRS Mission was conducted in Switzerland. The results of the mission are currently being implemented, and it is planned to have an IRRS Follow-Up Mission in 2015. In October 2012, an OSART Mission to the Mühleberg NPP was completed. Switzerland participated in the European Stress Test and its Follow-Up activities.

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Every six years, the EU Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) organise a Topical Peer Review (TPR): a thematically focused review of nuclear installations by international experts. The main topic of the 2023 TPR was fire protection in nuclear installations. Switzerland and numerous other European countries submitted a country report to ENSREG as part of the TPR. The interested public has now the opportunity to ask questions about these country reports.

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ENSI is part in a five-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference: The fourth “International Conference on Nuclear Security” (ICONS) will take place in Vienna from 20 to 24 May 2024, with Switzerland committed to a strong system of international security.

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The continuous improvement of nuclear safety and security in Switzerland is the main concern of international cooperation. The regulatory exchange of information and experience plays an important role in this. The ENSI Board therefore updated and adopted the Strategy International Activities.

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Every six years, the EU Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) organise a Topical Peer Review (TPR): a thematically focused review of nuclear installations by international experts. The main topic of the 2023 TPR was fire protection in nuclear installations. Switzerland and numerous other European countries submitted a country report to ENSREG as part of the TPR. The interested public has now the opportunity to ask questions about these country reports.

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At the time of the fateful accident in Fukushima, Doris Leuthard was head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the nuclear disaster, the former Federal Councillor explains why it was essential to provide political support for nuclear safety after the accident.

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IAEA Building in Vienna

After the accident at Fukushima, there was an increasing demand for international safety standards and their international monitoring. Switzerland, and in particular ENSI, was committed to mandatory backfitting on a global basis. Even if such safety principles are still not legally binding, the reactor accident acted as a booster for a new safety awareness amongst the international community.

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«The safety authorities cultivate a frank exchange of information. Swiss experts, for instance, support French colleagues during inspections of their nuclear power plants – and vice-versa. In this way we learn from each other and share our wealth of experience for the benefit of all countries.»

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