Starting on February 2021, through a Decision of the Romanian Prime Minister, Mr. Cantemir Ciurea has been appointed to coordinate all activities conducted by the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN), the Romanian nuclear regulatory control.
Mr. Ciurea has more than 20 years experience within CNCAN and since 2004, he held various positions within CNCAN as Head of the Nuclear Safety Section and Director of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Division. He was involved in activities like development of national regulations on the design of safety systems for nuclear power plants, periodic safety review and probabilistic safety assessment; development of national regulations on siting, design, construction and commissioning of new power reactors; development of licensing requirements for Cernavoda NPP Units 1 and 2;development of regulatory inspection activities during commissioning of Cernavoda NPP Unit 2; regulatory review and assessment of Cernavoda NPP Unit 2 Commissioning Programme (processes, procedures, safety objectives); development of pre-licensing requirements for completion of Cernavoda NPP Unit 3 and 4 projects; etc.
In his capacity as Director of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Division, he has responsibilities for the management of regulation, licensing and inspection activities for nuclear installations being also president of the examination board for the licensing of nuclear operating organisations’ managers, control room operators and shift supervisors. He is also head of the Technical Support Group for CNCAN Emergency Response Centre, and is responsible for the coordination of the regulatory review of the “stress tests” (safety re-assessments) implemented by Cernavoda NPP after the Fukushima accident.
Mr. Ciurea is involved in international activities of interest for the regulatory authority, such as: participation as a member in the IAEA IRRS missions; is a member of the Nuclear Safety Working Group of the European Nuclear Safety Regulator’s Group; he is national representative in the Ad Hoc Group on Nuclear Security established in 2011 by the Council of the European Union; national point of contact for the European Network for Operating Experience of Nuclear Power Plants – “Clearinghouse”; National INES/IRS Coordinator; he was an expert of the European Commission during the 2009 exploratory mission for the assessment of the national status of the relevant stakeholders in the nuclear sector from the countries of Southeast Asia; participation in the regulatory reviews post-Fukushima and in the development, implementation and follow-up of the National Action Plan resulting from these reviews.
Related to his professional education and qualifications, Mr. Ciurea has doctoral studies in nuclear engineering at Politehnica University of Bucharest, a master of science in computer aided modelling of power generation systems at Power Engineering Faculty in Politehnica University of Bucharest and he is bachelor of science in power generation systems of the Power Engineering Faculty in Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania.
He is fluent in English language.