Brussels seeks nuclear power

25 May 2007

The European Parliament has called for a major review and overhaul of Euratom, asking for a formal role in overseeing and amending the treaty.

It backed a parliamentary industry committee report that regretted “the growth in parliament’s powers”, including veto rights on most European Union legislation “has not been taken into account in…Euratom.” It also called for an extension of Euratom to cover nuclear safety research, radioactive waste management and future generations of reactors, including training programmes.

Along with the Parliament, both the European Commission (EC), and the European Council of Ministers have also made inroads into expanding the role of the EC in European nuclear affairs. The creation of a so-called ‘high-level group’ supported by both the council and the parliament to guide the EC’s nuclear activities is widely anticipated to follow before the end of the year.

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