The Verkhovna Rada has ratified an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the government of Norway on cooperation in the sphere of nuclear and radiation safety, taking Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) out of service, and making the confinement structure an environmentally safe system.

Some 296 of the 389 people’s deputies registered in the sitting hall voted for a relevant law, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the government of Norway signed the agreement on November 30, 2012 in Oslo.

An explanatory note on the document reads that the agreement foresees the implementation of the following tasks in the sphere of nuclear and radiation safety and taking Chornobyl NPP out of service: joint planning, the development and implementation of research and development projects, sharing results from the work, the exchange of information and technologies in compliance with the national legislations and standards of Ukraine and Norway, supplies of the materials, equipment and services necessary for the implementation of the projects, and holding joint meetings, seminars and training sessions for staff.
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