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JRC starts preparations for the final phase of Europe’s nuclear stress tests


Nuclear power station

Europe's nuclear reactors produce roughly 30% of its electricity© Patrick Hajzler (stock.xchng)

Between October and December, a JRC-run secretariat will organise and prepare a series of peer reviews on Europe’s nuclear power plants (NPPs), to be carried out by experts from the European Commission and the countries involved in early 2012. The peer reviews represent the final phase of three succeeding stages foreseen for testing the safety of the European nuclear plants.

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant the European Council called for a review of the safety of all EU nuclear power plants, on the basis of a comprehensive and transparent risk and safety assessment called ‘stress tests’. 17 countries participate in the test, including 14 EU Member States operating nuclear power plants and Lithuania – which recently closed its last unit at Ignalina NPP – as well as Switzerland and Ukraine. Discussions are ongoing with other neighbouring countries to apply similar risk and safety assessment in the future.



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