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Croatia has made progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, but challenges remain, including the resources provided for regulatory activities, an International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts said.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team has concluded a nine-day, follow-up mission to review Croatia’s implementation of recommendations and suggestions made during an initial IRRS mission in 2015.

The team found that Croatia has taken steps to address all the findings from the mission in 2015.

But it said the regulatory authorities should be provided with adequate human and financial resources to enable them to completely fulfil their statutory obligations for regulatory control, especially inspections and the licensing of complex facilities and activities.

The team also said progress should continue in the coordination and harmonisation of emergency planning zones with regulatory authorities in Slovenia, in relation to the Krško nuclear power station.

Croatia has no commercial nuclear power plants. It uses radioactive sources in medical, industrial and research applications.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/more-staff-needed-for-regulatory-activities-says-iaea-10-2-2019