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NNSA and Greece celebrate transfer of radiation detection mission at Kipoi Border Station

March 7, 2017

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NNSA and Greek government officials recently gathered at the country’s busiest crossing with Turkey to hand over full operation of new radiation detection equipment to customs officers at the Kipoi Border Station.

The handover from NNSA to Greek Custom Service capped a successful collaboration between both nations in the design, planning, and installation of radiation detection equipment.

“Kipoi Customs and Police officers will use the detection system in their vital duty to protect Greece and the European Union against the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials,” said Elly Melamed, the associate assistant deputy administrator for NNSA’s Office of Global Material Security.

Greece’s borders lie on known smuggling routes where radiation detection is crucial. 

NNSA and Greece partnered in 2004 to develop and maintain a radiation detection network. Since then, the country has maintained and effectively operated the system with NNSA technical support. 

Greece is a model for NNSA’s work in other countries. Together, NNSA and Greece have hosted numerous workshops to introduce other countries to radiation detection systems.

Representatives from several other organizations joined NNSA to celebrate 14 years of work to combat the illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials, including the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Finance, the Division of Customs Controls Strategy and Offences (Greek Customs), the Greek Atomic Energy Commission, SES-TECH Global Solutions, Hellenic Police, and representatives from the local Greek authorities. In addition, senior Turkish Customs officials from across the border also attended the event.  

Custody exchange ceremony at Kipoi Border Station in Greece.

NNSA and Greek officials participate in the ribbon-cutting event at Kipoi Border Station.

A truck driving through a Radiation Portal Monitor at Kipoi Border Station.