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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on nuclear safety

Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a Parliament resolution on nuclear safety  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Articles 98-99 of the Euratom Treaty,

–  having regard to Directive 2009/71/Euratom,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas nuclear power plants produce around one third of the electricity and 14% of the energy consumed in the EU;

B.  whereas Member States are required to establish national legislation that regulates nuclear safety requirements;

C.  whereas stress tests undertaken by the Commission and the ENSREG in 2013 were limited to the capacity of nuclear power plants to withstand external events of the utmost gravity;

D.  whereas such tests do not, therefore, replace the sphere of competence of Member States, which have the primary responsibility of monitoring plant safety;

E.  whereas in the last few days at the Tihange nuclear power plant, which is located on the border between Belgium and Germany, problems occurred that made it necessary to shut down of one of the reactors;

1.  Asks the Commission to once again address the issue of nuclear power in order to draw up legislation that monitors the implementation of safety rules more systematically.

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