Commission Lingers over Nuclear Reactors in Enlarged EU

Politics | March 1, 2004, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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A controversy is looming in the European Commission over the issue of nuclear energy and how far it should be promoted in the enlarged Union, EUobserver informed on Monday.

The EU Commission is set to consider this month the decision of funding a nuclear plant in Romania, which is likely to become a member of the EU in 2007, and it might trigger off a general discussion about nuclear safety in the EU as enlargement creeps closer.

Green organization Friends of the Earth has sent a letter to all European Commissioners demanding that the decision, to be taken on 24 March, be postponed. They blame the Commission of lacking the practice to publicly register loan applications for energy safety upgrades. The organization wants to take the matter to the European Ombudsman as it accuses the Commission of withholding key assessment reports and not saying what the money should be used for.

As of 1 May, thirteen of the twenty-five member states will have nuclear energy, including Bulgaria when joining two years later, but there will be no common set of rules for regulating safety.

However, as there are no common rules from 1 May, there are fears that their Soviet style reactors will not be properly secured.

The Czech Republic and Lithuania are particularly addressed by warnings to take steps to upgrade their reactors or close them down as a condition of EU membership.

Bulgaria's Kolzoduy n-units 3 and 4, made in Russia, have also been negotiated for decommissioning prior to EU accession, despite many objections and expert peer reviews that their safety is enough guaranteed for a longer period of usage.
You can read EUobserver's article in FULL TEXT at For the Record section

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