The Republic of Croatia has currently no nuclear power programme in place. The country imports around 15% of the total Croatian energy need from the Nuclear Power Plant Krško which is located in Slovenia. The Republic of Croatia is considering embarking on nuclear power in the future. A governmental decision is expected by end 2012.
The State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety (SORNS) is the national competent authority for nuclear safety, security and radiation protection.
The Hazardous Waste Management Agency (APO) deals with hazardous and radioactive waste management at the national level.
The training and educational opportunities in the Republic of Croatia are reflecting the limited nuclear activities in the country. There are some related academic courses available, but a comprehensive educational programme in the nuclear field is currently not offered at the national level.
Higher Education and Training
The faculty of electrical engineering and computing of the University of Zagreb offers a Master Programme of Electrical Power Engineering including courses in the following areas: nuclear engineering, nuclear fuel cycle and reactor materials, nuclear safety, nuclear power plant safety analysis as well as a course on radiation effects and radiation protection. In addition, the MSc Programmes of Electrical Engineering Systems and Technology at the University of Zagreb covers courses on fundamentals of nuclear physics. Graduate Study at the School of Medicine at the University of Zagreb include courses in Nuclear Medicine.
The University of Rijeka offers a Bachelor of Radiology Medicine and the Polytechnic for Applied Health Studies in Zagreb provides a professional study of radiology technology.