New EU Twinning Project to improve Nuclear Safety in Turkey

New EU Twinning Project to improve Nuclear Safety in Turkey

Thu, 14.09.2017 - 17:47

The Kick Off Meeting of the EU-Turkey co-funded Twinning Action on “Improvement of Nuclear Safety Regulatory Infrastructure of Turkey” was held at the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) on 14 September 2017 with the participation of the Head of Nuclear Safety Department of TAEK Dr. Fatih Alim, Head of Business Area Energy and Systems of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH Stefan Kirchner, Sector Manager for Energy at the EU Delegation to Turkey Mr Hasan Özkoç, Mr Yalçın Ölmez (Resident Twinning Advisor) and the Deputy Head of the German Embassy's Economic and Commercial Section Mr Peter Bohlen . The EU funded Twinning will be implemented by Germany.

The main objective of this new Twinning project is to harmonize the nuclear safety legislation of TAEK with the EU nuclear energy acquis, as well as gaining EU experience in regulatory functions.

In this framework, TAEK as project beneficiary will benefit from Germany's experience in regulatory activities such as legislative frameworks, monitoring and evaluation, supervision and enforcement in the areas of nuclear safety.

In the next 2 years, the project plans to transpose the EU nuclear safety acquis by, among others, undertaking a review of existing Turkish legislation, analysing existing gaps and elaborating an action plan to fill those gaps in nuclear safety regulation. The project will furthermore develop and implement review and assessment procedures for licensing and permission activities and improve TAEK’s regulatory inspection capabilities. TAEK's human resources management capacity is also to be improved by, preparing of a human resource management system manual, and by showcasing EU Member State regulatory work concretely through workshops, study visits and internships.

This €1,5 million EU-Turkey co-funded project is expected to establish an efficient regulatory and supervisory framework for nuclear safety fully in line with the relevant EU Directives, legal acts and best practices, while strengthening TAEK's supervision and human resource management capacities. 


For further information, please contact the Delegation:

Name: Hasan ÖZKOÇ, Tel: (+90 312) 459 87 49,


For press inquiries, please contact the Delegation:

Miray Akdağ Uluç - Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey

M +90 532 624 93 56 / T +90 312 459 88 77