TALLINN - The director general of the Estonian Environmental Board, Riho Kuppart, and the director general of the Latvian State Environmental Service, Elita Baklane-Ansberga, signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding aimed at boosting cooperation between the two states in exchanging nuclear and radiation-specific data and information on emergency resolution.
The memorandum also initiates cooperation between Estonian and Latvian institutions in terms of radiation monitoring, decisions regarding nuclear installations, organization of joint exercises, legislative drafting and exchange of know-how.
"Radiation and nuclear safety cooperation between neighboring states is crucial for increasing our shared capability for preventing radiation accidents and improving preparedness for resolving emergencies. The agreement among other things also creates basis for daily data exchange and organization of cooperation. Good cooperation in radiation safety with neighbors also helps ensure the safety of our residents and protect our shared living environment," Kuppart said, adding that a similar cooperation memorandum had also been signed with Finland last year.
Baklane-Ansberga likewise attached great importance to cooperation between neighboring states in radiation and nuclear safety.
"Strengthening the exchange of information in terms of legal issues in these areas is essential for boosting competence and preparedness for responding to a possible nuclear or radiation-induced emergency," she said. "By promoting greater cooperation between the relevant Latvian and Estonian institutions in radiation safety, we increase the preparedness of our states for resolving emergencies, as well as increase the safety of the whole region."
The Environmental Board's area of responsibility includes national radiation monitoring, informing the population of possible emergencies and issuing radiation practice licences.