EU Gives $6.6M to Test Ban Treaty Regime

The European Union Council on Tuesday authorized providing $6.62 million to the international organization that oversees efforts to implement a global ban on nuclear weapons testing.

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization said in a press release the funding would be used to continue development of its capability to detect atomic detonations anywhere in the world and to aid poorer nations that wish to be involved in the test detection enterprise.

"A contribution of this magnitude, especially in times of austerity budgets, is testimony to the EU's unwavering support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the CTBTO," Tibor Toth, who heads the organization, said in the release.

The EU financial contribution has six goals, including improving the organization's capacity to trace the movement of radioactive material sent into the air by a nuclear blast; assist in the maintenance of the regime's 120 auxiliary seismic monitoring centers; and improving the organization's capacity to conduct on-site inspections following the treaty's entry into force.

Tuesday's financial contribution marks the fifth time the European Union has made a donation to the CTBT organization, for a total of nearly $20 million.

November 16, 2012
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The European Union Council on Tuesday authorized providing $6.62 million to the international organization that oversees efforts to implement a global ban on nuclear weapons testing.