of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Based in Paris, the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is a semi-autonomous organisation within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Federal Republic of Germany is a founding member of the OECD and joined the NEA in 1958.
The NEA cooperates closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European institutions. The specific task of the NEA is to assist its member states in maintaining and further developing the scientific, technological and legal bases required for the safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
The NEA implements its tasks through a programme of work on topics such as nuclear safety, management of radioactive waste, radiation protection, nuclear energy law and liability as well as public information.
The NEA Steering Committee, which convenes every six months, is the organisation's governing body. The following seven standing technical committees report to the Steering Committee:
High-ranking experts from the member states are represented in these committees.
In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is responsible for any activities relating to the NEA and its committees. As a member, the BMU takes part in the meetings of the Steering Committee and the standing technical committees.