Extracts from the press conference by Günther Oettinger on nuclear stress tests
On 4 October 2012, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference in Brussels to present a communication on the risk and safety assessment "stress tests" of nuclear power plants in the European Union.
The standards of safety of nuclear power plants in Europe are generally high but further improvements in the safety features of almost all European nuclear power plants are recommended. Nevertheless national safety authorities came to the conclusion that no closure of nuclear power plants was warranted.
These tests have established that not all safety standards promoted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and not all international best practices are applied in all Member States. The Commission will follow closely the implementation of the recommendations and will at the same time propose legislative measures to further enhance nuclear safety in Europe. SHOTLIST