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Comité Technique Euratom (CTE), or more precisely its ancestor CTI, standing for “comité technique interministériel pour l’Euratom », was created in 1958 with the Euratom Treaty.

Renamed CTE in 2005, this committee, placed under the Prime Minister authority, has been in charge since its creation of following up all matters related to the implementation of the Euratom Treaty in France.

CTE is also currently the French authority for Nuclear Safeguards implementation in France, i.e. Euratom and IAEA Safeguards respectively  applied by the European Commission and by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Over time, CTE was assigned with other missions linked with international commitments taken by France in the nuclear field and Government-to-Government assurances. As a national duty, CTE is one of the stakeholders in charge of the supervision of nuclear material transfers between civil and defence fields[1] in full compliance with French international commitments.

The Prime Minister Decree n° 2011-607 dated 30 May 2011 specifies current CTE missions and provides that the French Alternatives and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is in charge of ensuring CTE secretariat, as it has been the case since 1958.

[1] Can only apply to materials intended to meet defence requirements (Euratom treaty article 84) and without any peaceful use’s obligation.
Published on 3 May 2022