The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic opened the conference “Nuclear safety today” at the National Assembly, stressing that humanity needs to learn how to use nuclear power safely to the benefit of all concerned, adding that the aim of the conference is to contribute to a better understanding of the use of nuclear energy through cooperation with science and experts.
“With a power source as strong as nuclear energy, we have to take into consideration safety in all of its forms – technological, political, natural and human. Still, the human and political factors are crucial”, said Gojkovic adding that the nuclear energy’s inherent potential to create and destroy is so big that humanity has to improve the existing and find of create new models of cooperation and strengthen exchange and solidarity.
By passing the Law on Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Security, Serbia created the conditions for a higher level of safety for the people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, as did the ratification of a series of international conventions and successful participation in ConvEx-3 exercise which demonstrated the country’s readiness for timely action in case of nuclear accidents in neighbourhood.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development Prof. Dr Vladimir Popovic said that nuclear safety has become something of a buzzword in popular culture but people lack information or proper knowledge on the topic, which is why it is important to discuss it at the National Assembly. He added that Serbia has become the 23rd full member of CERN this year which will bring new opportunities for cooperation and development of science.
Head of the Serbian Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Security Directorate Sladjan Velinov said that the state has recognized the importance of the subject matter and enabled the existence of the Directorate as an independent regulatory body for the control of radiation and nuclear activities in the country, to make sure these are conducted in a manner safe for the people and the environment.
Acting director of the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science Prof. Dr Snezana Pajovic said that nuclear energy needs to be used in a way that contributes to humanity, adding that its correct and expert use can have a positive effect in medicine, economy and other areas.
Acting director of Nuclear Facilities of Serbia PE Dalibor Arbutina informed the attending about the purpose of the public enterprise and its activities concerning, among other things, the safe management of nuclear facilities by reducing the likelihood of harmful effects and eliminating the consequences of accidents to maintain the necessary level of nuclear safety and protect the people and the environment.
The conference, held under the patronage of the Serbian Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Security Directorate (SRBATOM), tackles the questions of nuclear safety, use of knowledge concerning nuclear energy and ionizing radiation for peaceful purposes and regulation and control of these activities.