Remarks by Angel Gurría
Paris, France, 7 June 2017
(As prepared for delivery)
Dear Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to celebrate the accession of Argentina and Romania to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Congratulations to those who made this historic step possible, including the Ministers and Ambassadors gathered here, and all the NEA team, led by Bill Magwood.
Today is a milestone not only for Argentina, Romania and the whole NEA ‘family’, but also for the OECD. It is a fruit of our constant efforts to make this Organisation more global, more inclusive. Argentina and Romania are amongst our most engaged partners and have both requested membership of the OECD.
This accession to the NEA acknowledges the two countries’ significant efforts to implement the highest standards in their nuclear energy policies and programmes. It reflects your impressive research capacities and human capital. It recognises that you share the values of NEA Membership, responding to growing energy needs, while ensuring security and safety and addressing climate change.
Argentina is working on many fronts to improve the quality of life of its people by strengthening its institutions and international co-operation. Today Argentina obtains about 10% of its electricity from nuclear, and is expanding capacity to ensure people have clean, environmentally sustainable energy. The country’s strong nuclear science and technical expertise developed over many years will contribute substantially to the work of the NEA.
So will Romania, which has built on the success of its historic transition from a centrally planned to a market economy. The opening up of investment in energy has played an important role in this achievement. Romania brings to the table excellent research and technology capabilities. Congratulations to you both!
Ceremonies like this one mark the end of a process, but more importantly they celebrate a new beginning. As the NEA grows, all Members stand to gain from expert dialogue on nuclear technology, safety and stakeholder involvement, and from the sharing of nuclear data and continuous benchmarking through the NEA committees and working groups.
Welcome to the ‘nuclear’ family!
NEA website: www.oecd-nea.org