Following a request from the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian authorities, the European Commission (EC) established the Chernobyl Regional Programme (CRP) as a part of the TACIS 1993 Nuclear Safety Programme. The programme was intended to assist those countries in dealing with the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.
The programme began with a rapid exercise to assess the needs of the three countries, identify actions already undertaken and define the key priorities for funding by the EC and other donors.
The first step of this exercise comprised a study performed by a consortium of specialist organisations with the objective of compiling a comprehensive overview of all measures, taken or planned, by the governments of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as well as through bilateral, multilateral or international assistance programmes, to mitigate the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and to promote the economic regeneration of the affected regions. This information was to serve as the first input for developing an action programme to be financed by the EC. Following publication of the final report of this study, the EC prepared an outline strategy for the development of future actions under the CRP.
In a second step, the European Commission contracted a number of independent experts to assist in developing the strategy into a comprehensive and detailed programme of actions. Following the development of the programme, the experts were to develop the Terms of Reference for a selected number of the projects of the programme. Three experts were contracted through three separate contracts (see contracts 22540, 22541 and 22552). By the end of the contracts, draft ToR for five projects had been prepared:
1: Thyroid Cancer Treatment Programme.
2: L-Thyroxine Tablet Forming and Packing.
3: Production of iodised salt.
4: Defining and initiating Business Development Agency in Gomel Oblast -.
5: Definition and implementation of a pilot project for the abstraction of groundwater for domestic potable supply.
In September 1994, the EC organised a meeting with the experts involved in the preparation of the programme and draft ToR and one further independent expert (see Contract 22729), contracted to review and provide recommendations to the further ToR development. It was decided to retain four of the five projects mentioned above plus three more projects from the developed programme for financing in the TACIS 1993 Nuclear Safety Programme. The final selection of projects was:
CHE 93/I.1: Thyroid Cancer Treatment Programme (see Contract 23203).
CHE 93/I.2: L-Thyroxine Tablet Forming and Packing (see Contract 23214).
CHE 93/I.3: Production of iodised salt (see Contract 23247).
CHE 93/II.1: Economic Assistance and social development: New town Gagarin, Smolensk Oblast (see Contract 23444).
CHE 93/II.2: Defining and initiating Business Development Agency in Gomel Oblast - Belarus (see Contract 23474).
CHE 93/II.5: Defining Measures to improve and support Public Info in the Chernobyl Affected Regions (see Contract 23903).
CHE 93/II.6: Valorisation of Contaminated Forestry Waste (see Contract 23412).
The present contract was then issued to finalise the development of the ToRs of the selected projects to a stage required for the launch of tender procedures.