The Nuclear Energy Agency
) was created in 1957
with the name "European Agency for Nuclear Energy" as a branch of OECD
and mantained its original charter up to 1972
, when the name was changed as non european nations started to join it. It's currently based in Paris
The NEA mission is to "assist its Member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for the safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes". This mission is achieved by working on two main areas of interest:
- coordinating research efforts by member states about industrial uses of nuclear energy, and
- controlling and coordinating nuclear fuel supplies for civil and industrial uses.
The NEA has close relations with the Vienna
based with the International Atomic Energy Agency
), that is the branch of the United Nations
dealing with atomic energy
Current members are:
They currently account for nearly 85% of the atomic energy currently being produced in the world.
Data taken from the NEA web site, located at http://www.nea.fr/