EU passes Nuclear Safety Directive

29 June 2009

The EU has become the first major regional nuclear actor to provide binding legal force to the main international nuclear safety standards, namely the Safety Fundamentals established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 1 and the obligations resulting from the Convention on Nuclear Safety 2. The Directive also reinforces the independence and resources of the national competent regulatory authorities.

"This Nuclear Safety Directive sets binding principles for enhancing nuclear safety to protect workers and the general public, as well as the environment,” said Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

The Directive requires Member States in particular to set up and continuously improve national nuclear safety frameworks. The Directive enhances the role and independence of national regulatory authorities, confirming license holders the prime responsibility for nuclear safety. Member States are required to encourage a high level of transparency of regulatory actions and to guarantee regular independent safety assessments.


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