Press Release: The EU takes the lead on nuclear safety with the amendment to the Nuclear Safety Directive

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Series Details IP/14/777 (08.07.14)
Publication Date 08/07/2014
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The European Union's new Nuclear Safety Directive was adopted on the 8 July 2014 by the Council of the European Union. It provides more power and independence for national regulatory authorities, a high-level EU-wide safety objective, and a European system of peer reviews. It will also introduce periodic national safety assessments and on-site emergency preparedness and response arrangements. In addition, it increases transparency and improve education and training.

The 2014 directive amends the one in force since 2009. It provides a stronger framework for EU nuclear safety, as called for by the EU Heads of State or Government following the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Member States have 3 years to transpose the directive into national legislation.

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European Commission: DG Energy and Transport: Nuclear Issues
European Commissin: RAPID: MEMO/14/464: Questions and answers on the amended Nuclear Safety Directive
ESO: Background information: EU Nuclear Stress Tests: Legally binding reviews every six years
ESO: Background information: Council agrees on the revision of the nuclear safety directive
Council of the European Union: Press Release, PRES/14/370: Council adopts nuclear safety directive

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