ΕΕΑΕ welcomes the agreement on the text amending the Community framework for nuclear safety (2009/71/EURATOM) reached under the Greek Presidency. This file was set as the priority of the Greek Presidency in the field of EURATOM.
The new Directive provides that member states implement a regulatory framework that aims to prevent any type of accident, no matter how much unlikely or extreme may be considered, and should an accident occur, to limit the consequences of radioactive releases. At the same time, the Directive reinforces crucial components of the nuclear safety system, such as the independent role and functions of the regulatory authorities, the safety peer reviews mechanism, the safety culture, the transparency and the public information.
EEAE chaired the Council’s Working Party on Atomic Questions, where the negotiation took place. Within a short time period and through difficult negotiations, the Greek Presidency managed to achieve a commonly accepted agreement by using a variety of working methods (e.g. working groups, side events, word by word text editing, technical contribution of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group-ENSREG). The task was supported by EEAE experts.
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