EU Statement on the occasion of the 64th General Conference of the IAEA, held by Secretary of State Andreas Feicht, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy 

Treffen Energieminister von Bund und Länder

Andreas Feicht, Staatssekretär im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium, spricht während der Pressekonferenz nach dem Treffen der Energieminister von Bund und Länder. Die Politiker haben über ein gemeinsames Vorgehen angesichts der großen Herausforderungen in den nächsten Jahren diskutiert., © ©dpa


Vienna, 21 September 2020


Mr. President,

1.         I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro*, Iceland+, Serbia*, Albania*, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this statement.

2.         The EU would like to congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election, and commend Director General Grossi for leading the Secretariat’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We highly appreciate the quick action and encourage continuous coordination with WHO and FAO.

3.         The EU attaches great importance to the IAEA's core mandate on non-proliferation, nuclear energy, safety, security and technical cooperation. We consider gender mainstreaming to be an important objective, and also emphasise predictable, sustainable, and affordable budgets, and efficiencies.

4.         The EU reiterates its firm support for the full, complete, and effective implementation of the NPT and its universalisation.

5.         The EU reaffirms its continued support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We deeply regret the US withdrawal and the re-imposed sanctions, and call on all countries to refrain from actions that impede the implementation of the agreement. The EU continues to uphold its JCPOA commitments, including on sanctions lifting. The EU remains gravely concerned about Iran's continued enrichment activities which are inconsistent with the JCPOA, and strongly urges Iran to return to full JCPOA implementation without delay. 

6.         The EU remains concerned by the DPRK’s nuclear programme and urges the DPRK to embark towards a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, comply with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and return to the NPT and to IAEA Safeguards at an early date, and to sign and ratify the CTBT.

7.         Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements together with Additional Protocol constitute the current verification standard and the EU calls for their universalisation. We urge the remaining 31 States to amend the Small Quantities Protocol, or apply the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement in full, especially those States that are already building a nuclear power plant or a research reactor.

8.         We attach utmost importance to the worldwide implementation and continuous improvement of nuclear safety. We reaffirm our support for the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention on radioactive waste management.

9.         We highlight the importance of the amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. We welcome the 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Security, including the Ministerial Declaration. The EU supports the IAEA’s central role in improving the global nuclear security framework and remains a major donor to the Nuclear Security Fund.

10.       We reaffirm our support for the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Programme and fully appreciate the Agency's role in promoting safe, secure and sustainable use of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes. We positively note the IAEA's continuous engagement for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs, and the role it plays in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

I thank you.

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