7 December 2015

Germany to contribute 500.000 Euro to ReNuAL

The German contribution will support construction of the new Insect Pest Control Laboratory

DDG-NA Malavasi (centre) welcomed German Ambassador H.E. Däuble (right) and BMWi representative Göhner (left) at the signing ceremony

Vienna, 7 December 2015. The Federal Republic of Germany has provided the IAEA with an extra-budgetary contribution of 500.000 Euro for the ReNuAL project. The project aims at modernizing the Nuclear Applications (NA) Laboratories in Seibersdorf. The recent signing of an agreement between the IAEA and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) formalized the contribution. The agreement was signed by Dr. Hans-Christoph Pape, BMWi, and Aldo Malavasi, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications.

H.E. Friedrich Däuble, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN in Vienna, underlined that all Member States will benefit from the newly modernized NA laboratories. This contribution follows a donation of €1.3 million made by Germany in 2014 for the procurement of new equipment for the laboratories. With this further financial contribution, Germany emphasizes its continued support to the project and the NA laboratories. The contribution will support construction of the new Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), one of the two flagship laboratory buildings of the ReNuAL project. The construction of the IPCL is planned to begin in April 2016 and to be completed by the end of 2017.

Together with South Africa, Germany is co-chairing the 'Friends of ReNuAL', an informal supporting group of IAEA Member States. The majority of the project budget is to be financed from extra-budgetary contributions from Member States. One third of this amount is still to be raised.

The eight IAEA NA laboratories located in Seibersdorf conduct research and provide capacity building and technical assistance to Member States in a range of subject areas.

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