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November 2015: Commission requests France to fully transpose the Radioactive Waste Directive

November 2015: Commission requests France to fully transpose the Radioactive Waste Directive

The European Commission has requested France to ensure full transposition of the Radioactive Waste Directive (Council Directive 2011/70/Euratom). This Directive establishes a Community framework for ensuring responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste to avoid imposing undue burdens on future generations. It ensures that Member States provide for appropriate national arrangements for a high level of safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management to protect workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionising radiation. Moreover, it requires the provision of necessary public information and participation in relation to spent fuel and radioactive waste management while having due regard to security and proprietary information issues. Member States were required to transpose the Directive by 23 August 2013. Today, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to France requesting it to ensure full transposition of the Directive. France has two months to comply with this obligation, after which the Commission may decide to refer them to the Court of Justice of the EU.