Debate with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency 

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On Tuesday, MEPs will examine with Rafael Grossi the IAEA’s activities and challenges related to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The Subcommittee on Security and Defence, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will focus on the challenges posed by the global non-proliferation regime, questions related to nuclear safety and security, as well as peaceful ways to use nuclear energy, including applications designed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.


MEPs will also assess the consequences of Iran’s recent decision to suspend the application of its safeguard agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). MEPs will question the IAEA Director General about how the agency can carry out its monitoring tasks in the future and ensure that the Iranian nuclear programme is being used solely for peaceful purposes.



When: Tuesday, 16 March, from 10.30 to 12.00.


Where: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall (4Q1) and remotely.



Check the full agenda and speakers’ list. You can follow the discussion live.



Due to COVID-19 restrictions, journalists are strongly advised to follow the meeting online.



Background


The IAEA is responsible for a safeguard system, under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which promotes cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear technology and equal access to this technology for all State parties. Safeguards are used to verify compliance with the Treaty through inspections conducted by the IAEA. The Agency verifies that a state’s declaration concerning the nuclear material that it possesses is correct, that this material is being used exclusively for peaceful purposes and has not been diverted to develop nuclear weapons.