High level group on nuclear safety and waste management

EC shifts on safety

Monday, December 1, 2008

By adopting a revised proposal for a directive on nuclear safety, the European Commission has significantly backtracked on its earlier attempts to harmonise safety standards.

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Planned EU-wide rules on nuclear energy unveiled

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two previous proposals failed; European Commission seeks greater interest in nuclear energy.

All nuclear activity in the EU will be subject to common safety rules, if a draft directive adopted by the European Commission wins the backing of member states.

Under the plans, published on 26 November, international nuclear safety standards – the 1996 Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), and the 2006 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Fundamentals – would form the backbone of legislation that would be mandatory for all EU member states.

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Commission forced to scale down nuclear safety plans

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Regulators warn against common EU standards.

The European Commission will scale down its ambitions for EU-wide nuclear-safety rules when it publishes a draft directive next week (27 November).

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European Commission underlines need to reinforce rules on nuclear safety

Thursday, October 16, 2008

BRUSSELS, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission underlined on Wednesday the need for a higher level of nuclear safety as a high-level group on nuclear safety and waste management met.

"While we can see a potential rise in the use of nuclear energy around the globe as well as in the EU, European citizens call for a strong European role in the field of nuclear safety," said European Union (EU) Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who opened the meeting.

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EUROPE: Going Nuclear Despite Warnings

Monday, May 26, 2008

PRAGUE, May 24 (IPS) - The EU seems to be backing nuclear energy as the response to global warming and gas dependency, but civic groups warn that safety and waste processing should be preconditions for the industry's growth.

These issues were debated in Prague May 22-23 at the second European Nuclear Energy Forum, an EU (European Union) initiative to discuss opportunities and risks of nuclear energy.

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Piebalgs defiant over EU atomic safety standards

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The European commission will continue to push for EU minimum nuclear safety standards despite EU governments' failure to entertain a package of draft legislation tabled over three years ago, energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs insisted on Wednesday.

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