Written Question: Development of measures to stop electricity imports from unsafe nuclear facilities in third countries

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 26 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001704/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Liudas Mažylis (PPE)

Subject: Development of measures to stop electricity imports from unsafe nuclear facilities in third countries

On 3 March 2021, ENSREG experts endorsed a report on the peer review into the implementation of the Astravets stress test recommendations. Although it states that safety recommendations in priority areas have been addressed, my impression is that not all issues have been reviewed at this stage. The final report will be presented at a later stage. In the meantime, conflicting information is spreading on whether the recommendations have ‘taken into account’ possible safety incidents related to the first unit of the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant. On 10-11 December 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions calling for the examination of possible measures to prevent the commercial import of electricity from third countries generated in nuclear facilities that do not meet the safety level recognised by the EU. A similar request was made in a European Parliament resolution on the safety of the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant, which was adopted on 11 February 2021.

Could the Commission please answer the following questions?

  1. Which specific priority safety recommendations for the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant does the Commission consider to have been ‘implemented’, and what information backs this up?
  2. Does the Commission regularly analyse possible security incidents at the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant? Is the response of the Belarusian authorities that there have been no such incidents being evaluated critically?
  3. Has the Commission set specific deadlines for proposing measures to restrict imports of electricity from third country nuclear installations that do not meet EU safety requirements?
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