India is to collaborate with EU institutions to develop nuclear energy research following a new European Commission mandate.

The Indian Government is set to begin negotiations with the EU for a research deal in the next few weeks. A large part of the new collaboration is likely to lean towards research into the next generation of nuclear installation safeguards.

The collaboration comes four years after the EU and India signed an agreement on nuclear fusion research, which allowed India to participate in the international thermonuclear experimental research project in 2005.

The agreement also covers research into carbon capture and storage, or CCS — in which India recently rejected the EU’s proposal to participate in a demonstration project.