Nuclear safety in Europe: a continuing high priority
Safety at European nuclear installations is the theme of a conference that begins tomorrow in Brussels. Topics including potential challenges for nuclear safety regulation, key recent developments in EU policy, and emerging areas in nuclear safety, such as the long-term operation of nuclear installations and irregularities and supply chain control, will be discussed by representatives of nuclear safety regulators and energy companies, NGOs, national governments and the European institutions. The two-day Fourth ENSREG (European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group) Conference on Nuclear Safety is intended to be a broad debate between nuclear safety stakeholders rather than merely a technical discussion. The first day's discussions will be webstreamed from 8.30 CET on June 28, when from 9.45 to 10.30 there will be a press conference, which will be also webstreamed. It will also be possible to follow the discussions on the second day by webstream.
A particular focus of this year's conference will be the implementation of recent EU Directives in the field of nuclear safety. These include the Nuclear Safety Directive, which was amended in 2014, the Basic Safety Standards Directive, which specify how people should be protected from the dangers of ionising radiation, and the Directive for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. This requires EU countries to have national programmes for the management, including the disposal, of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, in addition to ensuring that this is properly funded and regulated and that the general public is kept well informed of the process.