Extracts from the press conference by Günther Oettinger on the agreed nuclear stress tests

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-070049   Duration: 00:03:16  Lieu:
End production: 25/05/2011   First transmission: 25/05/2011
From 1 June 2011 onwards, all 143 nuclear power plants in the EU were re-assessed using EU wide criteria. These were comprehensive tests as the Commission had called for which embraced both natural and man made hazards (i.e. effects of airplane crashes and terrorist attacks). On 25/05/2011, the European Commission and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators' Group (ENSREG) agreed on the criteria covered and the way controls would be done. Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference to explain the agreed nuclear stress tests.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 General view of the press conference room 00:00:07
00:00:12 SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, saying that after intense deliberations over the last days, they have managed to reach an agreement defining the stress tests for the nuclear power stations in Europe, so they can set out what needs to be tested. 00:00:54
00:01:06 Cutaway of the journalists 00:00:04
00:01:11 SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger saying that first of all, they agreed that in the light of Fukushima, any issues related to natural disasters need to be looked at. Things like earthquakes, dangers for existing power plants and also any potential risk to new power stations being build. And then there was the risk for flooding, both in the cases of rain and of tsunamis. They also need to look at extreme hot and extreme heat and also the combination of such natural circumstances. 00:00:51
00:02:03 Cutaway of the journalists 00:00:04
00:02:07 SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Günther Oettinger saying that they will have the stress tests, the final report, the evaluation and proposals which they made as a consequence. All of this will be done in the most transparent way as possible. Obviously there were different expectations in the Member States and in the mind of the man of the street. They looked at natural disasters, at human errors and at technical issues. And they have came up with very comprehensive testing criteria. But they are not prepared to be a sort of off-switch. 00:01:09
00:03:16 General view of the press conference room 00:00:04
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