Austria proposes reform of Euratom treaty

Austria, which banned the usage of nuclear power plants in 1978, is now looking for allies across the EU to reform the Euratom treaty.  [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

Austria’s Green Climate Action Minister Leonore Gewessler presented a proposal on Monday to reform the Euratom nuclear treaty, saying its current version is outdated and that stricter rules for the security and decommissioning of nuclear stations and for the final storage of nuclear waste should be adopted.

Austria’s climate minister based her proposal on a legal expert assessment of a German lawyer who argued that the Euratom treaty should be reformed in order to keep Europe safe from potential nuclear hazards.

Gewessler criticised the treaty for not paying enough attention to the inherent dangers of nuclear energy. She also expressed the need to put an end to the “unfair advantages for nuclear energy”, particularly as it put renewables at a disadvantage.

Austria, which banned the usage of nuclear power plants in 1978, is now looking for allies across the EU to reform the treaty.

Since a majority of EU countries favour a long-term exit from nuclear energy, Gewessler is confident her initiative will kick off an EU wide reform process.

(Oliver Noyan | EURACTIV.com)  

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