U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Prague on March 26, 2014 to meet with Czech government officials and advance our dialogue on energy security issues. During his visit, Secretary Moniz opened the joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center at the Czech Technical University, where he said:
“Nuclear energy is an important part of energy security, and part of our dialogue. We are here to advance research and development cooperation with the Czech Republic and we hope that this center will be a catalyst for two way collaboration.”
The Center, funded in part by a grant totaling USD 500,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, builds on the long standing cooperation between the U.S. and the Czech Republic in the areas of research, education, and innovation.
Secretary Moniz also signed a Nuclear Research and Development Agreement with Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Mladek. This agreement will commit both countries to joint research on reactor coolant innovation.
Secretary Moniz’s visit followed on the heels of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, where President Obama called on world leaders to come together to address energy sustainability and security.