Coordination Meeting of EU Ministers for Energy on nuclear plant situation in Japan: extracts from the common press conference by Günther Oettinger and Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of E.ON AG
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/03/2011 First transmission: 15/03/2011
On 15/03/2011 in Brussels, a Coordination Meeting of the EU Ministers for Energy has been organised to assess the situation following the damage caused to the Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, and to assess the EU’s state of preparedness in case of similar incidents.
So, the Coordination Meeting gathered all 27 national nuclear safety authorities and all operators and vendors of nuclear power plants in the EU.
At the end of the meeting, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, and Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of E.ON AG, gave a common press conference.
They announced that there was a general agreement for European stress test for nuclear power plants in the Member States.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Views of the press conference room (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, saying that he is happy to announce that this afternoon at the conference, there was a general agreement for European stress test for nuclear power plants in the Member States. This has been accepted on a voluntary basis under the existing law. Over the course of next week, they in the Commission, on the basis of today's agreement, will organise a further meeting of the High-Level Conference coming up with proposals on how and when stress test with common test criteria and standards, can be carried out for the purposes of safety in the light of the events in Japan.
||Cutaway of the press room
||SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger, saying that originally, it was planned to have a stop taking report on transposition and implementation in 2014. But now they are proposing that an initial interim report be drawn up, and if necessary in extension of the Directive at EU level be brought forward.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger, asking why are they proposing stress tests? They want to look at the risks and the safety issues in the light of events in Japan, and carry out a reassessment. He thinks the time has come for that and they feel that the stress test on the basis of the European standards is the correct instrument.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of E.ON AG: all nuclear installations across Europe are meeting the applicable standards but we are not satisfied with it. And yes, lessons need to be learnt. And all participants from the industry have already studied their own assessments whether any improvements to the new challenges are necessary. But we welcome the initiative of the Commissioner to rather apply a common standard for Europe. Because European citizens move across the continent and need to trust all the installations wherever meet the same basic standards. So yes, there are lessons to be learnt without any doubt; we cannot just rely on the present safety standards; they will need to be improved and we will do everything to support this initiative and to improve the safety standards applicable.
||Cutaway of he audience