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EU on quest to end nuclear ‘taboo’

Topic: nuclear safety

Energy 10-10-2016

Hungarian MEP: Nuclear energy's ‘hidden subsidies’ must end

Atomic energy is not competitive in the energy sector and must not be artificially preserved at the expense of renewable alternatives, Benedek Jávor, Green MEP and member of Nuclear Transparency Watch, told EurActiv Slovakia.
Energy 20-04-2016

Germany tells Belgium to take two nuclear reactors offline

Germany has called upon the Belgian government to take two of its nuclear reactors temporarily offline, as there are "open safety concerns", according to its environment minister. EurActiv Germany reports.

Future of former Spanish nuclear site remains unclear

Spain may be committed to phasing out nuclear power, but there are concerns about its older reactors and the alleged lack of transparency when it comes to addressing safety issues. EurActiv Spain reports.
Security 23-03-2016

Germany reacts to Brussels attacks

Europe has widely denounced the attacks carried out in Brussels yesterday (22 March). EurActiv Germany reports on Berlin's reaction to the terrorist bombings.
Health & Consumers 22-01-2016

Nuclear safety now a 'worrying' issue

Indebted companies, an overwhelmed safety authority and a complex and muddled caseload show the French have not cracked the recipe for atomic success. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
UK & Europe 26-11-2015

Why Cameron should bother to visit tiny Austria

London and Vienna see eye-to-eye on a range of issues regarding Britain’s demands for EU reform, including limiting child benefits for the families of EU migrants. But the good relations are not enough to reconcile the conflict over another hot topic: nuclear power, writes Dr Melanie Sully.
Energy 03-11-2015

EU urged to make nuclear costs more transparent

Europe needs banking-industry style regulation to bring more transparency to the costs of decommissioning nuclear reactors, consultancy Capgemini said in its annual energy market report.
Energy 23-06-2015

Bavaria up in arms over Hendrick’s nuclear waste plans

The German government has settled with the country's four nuclear companies on four interim storage facilities for radioactive waste that is currently stored abroad, but Bavaria is up in arms over the decision. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-03-2014

G7 leaders to hold summit in Brussels, instead of Sochi

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, who met on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague yesterday (24 March), said they would convene again in Brussels in early June, instead of Sochi, in Russia, as planned.
Energy 14-06-2013

Brussels mulls mandatory nuclear reviews every six years

The European Commission on Thursday (13 June) published a draft nuclear safety law that includes mandatory EU-wide reviews every six years in response to lessons learnt from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
Energy 02-10-2012

Nuclear sector needs major safety investment, report says

Europe's nuclear reactors need investment of €10 billion to €25 billion, a draft Commission report says following a safety review designed to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima disaster. EurActiv obtained an advanced copy of the Commission's 57-page technical report on the stress tests conducted recently.

German researchers say Pacific will dilute Fukushima radiation

Radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has peaked and will dilute rapidly, according to a study by Germany’s Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.

Global accord on nuclear safety needed urgently – World Energy Council

A new international accord on the management and safety of nuclear power plants should be a priority for governments, an influential global energy organisation has said.
Energy 08-04-2011

Bulgarians irked at Turkey's nuclear power plan

Turkey is planning to build a nuclear power station at ??neada, a small town close to the Bulgarian border on the Black Sea coast. No official Bulgarian reaction has yet been recorded, but Internet forums were overwhelmed with alarmed messages regarding the possible consequences of the decision.
Energy 27-10-2010

EU to propose burying nuclear waste as safest option

The European Commission will promote underground storage as the safest option for storing nuclear waste, according to a leaked proposal which has already irked environmentalists.
Energy 09-03-2010

EU to table nuclear waste treatment law

The European Commission will table legislative proposals on the treatment of nuclear waste by the year's end, its president José Manuel Barroso announced yesterday (8 March) during a major OECD-hosted conference on civil nuclear power in Paris.
Energy 04-01-2010

Lithuania shuts Soviet-era nuclear plant

Lithuania shut down its nuclear power plant in Ignalina last week, raising fears of increased energy dependency on Russia and striking a further blow to an already recession-hit economy.
Energy 25-09-2008

Britain braced for 'nuclear renaissance' after EDF deal

The UK will be able to forge ahead with plans to replace its aging nuclear power stations after state-controlled French energy group EDF and British Energy announced they had reached agreement on a takeover.
Med & South 03-09-2008

Bulgaria starts work on second nuclear plant

Today's first step in the construction of the country's second nuclear power plant in Belene could help Bulgaria to regain a strategic position as an electricity exporter to Southeastern Europe, writes EurActiv's partner in Bulgaria Dnevnik.
Energy 27-08-2008

Germany eyes new scheme to keep old nuclear

German energy giants RWE, E.ON and Vattenfall are trying to persuade politicians in Berlin to scrap a planned 15-year phase-out of the country's existing nuclear power stations, according to press reports. 
Energy 18-07-2008

EU OKs contested Slovak nuclear project amid new leaks

Despite recent nuclear scares in Slovenia and France, the European Commission this week gave the go-ahead for the two remaining reactors to be completed at the controversial Mochovce nuclear plant in Slovakia. The decision was widely condemned by environmental group Greenpeace. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Energy 04-07-2008

Nuclear debate continues to stir up controversy

The role that nuclear should play in the EU's energy mix was the topic of heated debate at a 2 July Brussels conference that tackled a number of issues, including nuclear financing, safety and waste management.
Energy 05-06-2008

Slovene reactor scare puts spotlight on nuclear safety

A coolant leak at a nuclear power plant in Slovenia has been contained, but the incident has brought renewed attention to the debate over whether nuclear offers a safe low-carbon option in the fight against climate change.
Energy 26-05-2008

EU on quest to end nuclear 'taboo'

The newly-created European Nuclear Energy Forum met for the second time on 22-23 May and Italy's new government announced it will end a two-decade old moratorium on new plant construction in what is widely perceived as a nuclear 'renaissance' in the EU.