The French government will probably be censured by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for flouting a deadline to implement Euratom legislation on informing the public of radiological emergencies, an ECJ advocate general has said.

In formal advice – which is usually accepted by the court – Leendert Geelhoed stated that France had missed the October 2000 deadline for transposing its rules into national law.

Although there have been late reforms, bringing France closer to implementing the directive, Geelhoed agreed the French government had failed to ensure information would be released without delay, to apply the system to foreign reactors and to define the scope of accidents requiring action.

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