Higher levels of nuclear safety adopted02.04.2014
European parliament under the leadership of EPP Group MEP Romana Jordan has adopted (438 votes to 154, with 37 abstentions) its opinion on the amended Euratom regulation on Nuclear Safety.
“The Fukushima accident was an important reminder of the crucial part that nuclear safety culture plays in contemporary societies. It showed how nuclear technology is not dangerous by itself, but that perils arise when people do not act in accordance with high nuclear safety standards," explained dr. Romana Jordan MEP.
"For legislators, Fukushima was a reminder that adequately educated and skilled nuclear professionals play a crucial role in preserving high level of nuclear safety. The EU reacted swiftly to that accident, it performed stress tests of all nuclear power plants in the Union and wider. They resulted in recommendations on three levels: operational recommendations for individual nuclear power plants, recommendations for national regulators and request for updating the Nuclear Safety legislation at the EU level."
Amendments to the current Nuclear Safety Directive adopted by the EP have one main objective: to underline the importance of strong, independent and credible national regulatory agencies in order to achieve the highest level of nuclear safety. The recommendations based on the results of stress tests, which had been carried out in all European nuclear power plants after the Fukushima accident, are therefore urged to be put in practice. In addition, the Parliament's document establishes a more uniform system of nuclear safety peer reviews.
Jordan concluded that a stable legislative environment that provides for clear provisions on the responsibilities of individual actors in the field of nuclear safety as well as requirements for the licence holders which are obliged to respect the highest levels of nuclear safety is a must and called for the Council to take the Parliament's opinion into good consideration.