A.M.Lokshin, First Deputy General Director of the State Corporation "Rosatom"

Dear ladies and gentlemen!

Let me congratulate you with the start of the 5-th International Exhibition and Conference "AtomEco-2011".

Nuclear and radiation safety is the key prerequisite and an absolute requirement for operation and development of nuclear power industry. The State Corporation "Rosatom" sees provision of nuclear safety as the uncompromising priority. Safety should be ensured not only for maintenance of nuclear power facilities, but also for resulting nuclear materials.

This is the subject of today's Forum.

Russia was one of the first countries to start using nuclear energy and thus was one of the first countries to face the need to resolve issue of the so-called closing phase of nuclear lifecycle.

I am referring to nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel management, rehabilitation of contaminated territories and decommissioning nuclear and radiation-hazardous sites.

Resolution of these issues often requires a broad spectrum of new and unorthodox approaches: from technology to business and legislation. We believe international cooperation is key for progressing along this path. And today's Forum is one of the events, organized by the State Corporation "Rosatom" for developing such cooperation.

The Forum is participated by over 800 experts from 31 countries.

I wish the Forum every success in its work and hope that these two days will be beneficial not only to the organizers, but to each participant too.

O.V. Kryukov, Director of Directorate for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of the State Corporation "Rosatom"

Dear ladies and gentlemen!

I am very glad to greet you at our Forum. I do think that "AtomEco" Forum is becoming a still more significant event in our industry. For the most part this fact is explained by "AtomEco's" involvement in resolution of complex issues of nuclear, radiation and environmental safety.

I am talking of the current safety status and the level of safety we should ensure for the coming generations.

Such a complex and crucial task can only be resolved with international cooperation and international discussion.

Over a third of participants of our Forum are foreign experts, and that's a comforting fact.

The Forum will deal with two critical areas, one of them being solutions to nuclear legacy issues, and in this area we are initiating development of a long-term strategic government program.

The second area is getting business involved in the so-called back end. A concept for bringing business to back end in the Russian Federation will also be presented at the Forum.

I cannot but mention the fact that for the first time we have students from our industry universities and junior specialists from the industry participating in the Forum.

The Forum's program is quite intense, and I wish you all productive work over the next two days.

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