European Commission recommendation on decommissioning funds

31 October 2006

The European Commission has adopted a new Recommendation with measures to ensure adequate and properly managed financial resources for all decommissioning activities of nuclear installations as well as for the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.

The Recommendation pays special attention to new nuclear construction, pointing out that while a segregated fund is the preferred option for all nuclear installations, a clear recommendation to this effect is made for newly established ones.

The Commission proposes the establishment of competent national bodies, which are independent in their decisions from the contributors to the decommissioning funds, with a mandate and the capacity to deliver an expert judgment on decommissioning matters.

“The adoption of this Recommendation is a major step forward in making nuclear energy a safe and secure solution” said Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

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