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IAEA, Finland, Sweden to Help Ukraine Step up Nuclear Security Ahead of UEFA EURO 2012

20 April 2010 | In preparation for the EURO 2012 football championship, Finland will hand over a state-of-the-art radiation detection vehicle to the IAEA at a ceremony in Vienna on Thursday, 22 April.

The Sophisticated On-Site Nuclide Identification (SONNI) van will be used by Ukraine as part of nuclear security measures ahead of the championship, to be held jointly by Poland and Ukraine in 2012.

Media Event:

Journalists are invited to the hand-over ceremony, to be held at IAEA Headquarters on Thursday, 22 April 2010, at 09:30. Weather permitting, the event is scheduled to take place outside, in the VIC Plaza, next to the "SONNI" van. (Alternative venue is the bottom of A Tower of the VIC.)

Ambassadors of Finland, Sweden and Ukraine, as well as representatives from the IAEA Office of Nuclear Security will deliver brief remarks.

After the ceremony, journalists will have a chance to talk to/interview nuclear security experts regarding the technology behind the project.

More information is also available on the Finnish Nuclear Safety and Authority (STUK) website.

Background:

The IAEA helps its Member States to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism and to establish an effective response. In less than a decade, the IAEA has trained some 9 000 experts in 120 countries on all aspects of nuclear security; improved facility security in 30 states; supplied some 3,000 detection instruments to more than 50 states; helped repatriate more than one tonne of highly enriched uranium research reactor fuel to countries of origin; and the Agency´s Illicit Trafficking Database, with 110 states participating, is the most authoritative source of information in its field.

The IAEA has also helped nuclear security measures at other major public events, such as the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, 2010 South American Games in Colombia and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Accreditation:

Please register online or fill in the accreditation form [pdf] and return it by email to Ms. Juanita Perez Vargas at [43-1] 2600-21279; e-mail: press at iaea.org. Please reply by Wednesday, 21 April 2010, 17:00 to ensure entry to the site.

You are required to bring a valid press ID card.