Note from the Agency for the Control of Armaments on supervisory powers in the field of nuclear energy for military purposes (Paris, 14 November 1956)

On 14 November 1956, Admiral Emilio Ferreri, Director of the Agency for the Control of Armaments (ACA), sends a note to Louis Goffin, Secretary-General of Western European Union (WEU) in which he outlines the supervisory powers conferred on the ACA by WEU in the field of nuclear energy for military purposes. The note has been drafted in response to the report (document 30) by Italian Member of Parliament Lodovico Benvenuti on relations between the WEU Treaty and a document being prepared by the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), both of which are to be amended. Admiral Ferreri mentions the difficulties in establishing a boundary in the nuclear field between production for civil and military purposes; such a division would underpin the allocation of tasks between the two organisations. The note concludes that the preparation of future reports could be improved if Euratom joins the ACA for the supervision of fissile material production.

Source and copyright

Source: Agence de contrôle des armements. Note sur les pouvoirs de contrôle confiés à l'UEO (Agence de contrôle des armements) dans le domaine atomique concernant les fins militaires. Annexe à la lettre n°D/1605 du 14 novembre 1956. Paris. C (56) 209. 6p.

Archives nationales de Luxembourg (ANLux). Western European Union Archives. Secretariat-General/Council’s Archives. 1954-1987. Organs of the Western European Union. Year: 1956, 01/06/1956-30/09/1957. File 202.415.10. Volume 1/1.

Copyright: (c) WEU Secretariat General - Secrétariat Général UEO

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