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Europe's East 03-07-2018

EU nuclear inquest approves Belarusian atom-smashing

EU investigators concluded on Tuesday (3 July) that an under-construction nuclear power plant in Belarus complies with the bloc’s so-called ‘stress tests’ but made a number of recommendations to the national regulator.
Electricity 07-03-2018

Belgium offers radiation-busting tablets for all as EU anti-nuclear alliance builds

Belgian pharmacies will now provide radiation-busting iodine tablets free-of-charge to anyone as part of the country’s new nuclear strategy, while Benelux partner Luxembourg has come out fighting against atom-smashing.
Energy 06-02-2018

Cross-border nuclear cooperation must improve, Dutch watchdog warns

The Dutch Safety Board has concluded that cross-border cooperation on nuclear safety between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany leaves a lot to be desired. A new report warns that the current state-of-play could lead to “confusion and unrest” among the population in the event of an incident.
Brexit 11-07-2017

UK opposition urges government to stay in Euratom nuclear body

Opposition Brexit minister Keir Starmer has urged the UK government to keep Britain in the Euratom treaty and drop its red line on the future role of the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Europe's East 06-07-2017

Belarus deflects Lithuanian attempt to mobilise support against nuclear plant

Belarus has avoided a resolution by the European Security watchdog OSCE criticising the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, a project which neighbouring Lithuania strongly opposes on the grounds of nuclear safety concerns.
Energy 26-06-2017

Massive human chain protests ageing Belgian nuclear reactors

50,000 people from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands formed a cross-border 90 km-long human chain on Sunday (25 June) to protest against the controversial Tihange nuclear power plant. Micro-cracks were recently discovered in one of the facility’s reactors.
Brexit 02-05-2017

UK’s nuclear energy in jeopardy after Brexit, MPs warn

The future of the United Kingdom's power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, British lawmakers have warned. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 20-12-2016

Germany compromises on Belgian reactor fears

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has failed in her bid to get the ageing Belgian nuclear reactors of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 shut down permanently. Instead, Berlin and Brussels have agreed to a better exchange of information on all things atomic. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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.
Climate change 07-04-2016

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 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.
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.
G7 meeting in The Hague
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.
Climate change 17-07-2012

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.
Climate change 09-03-2012

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.