Russian and Norway to sign and present joint audit of nuclear safety programmes

Publish date: April 11, 2010

Russian Accounts Chamber Chairman Sergei Stepashin and his Norwegian counterpart Auditor General Jørgen Kosmo will together sign a memorandum with analysis and conclusions on Norway-sponsored nuclear safety projects in the Russian Northwest, the Barents Observer reported.

Norway has spent some NOK 1.5 billion on various nuclear safety programmes in Northwest Russia since 1995, the paper reported.

The last time the office of the Norwegian Auditor General produced a review of Norway’s Action Plan for nuclear safety programmes in Russia was in 2001, the Barents Observer said, and the conclusions were varied. According to the paper, the review concluded that, “Especially weak goal achievements are within areas including radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.”

Stepashin and Kosmo are expected to sign the new memorandum covering the period of 2008 to 2010 in the Norwegian border town of Kirkenes on Tuesday, said the paper.