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Parliamentary questions
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2 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Stelios Kympouropoulos (PPE), Nikos Androulakis (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Nuclear accident response strategy and threats either within Member States or in neighbouring third countries

On 3 April 2020, a fire broke out in the western part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone and spread to neighbouring forests. The Ukrainian authorities have said that the blaze burned a small area, but according to the Russian section of Greenpeace the largest fire destroyed 34 000 hectares, while a second fire was just one kilometre away from the decommissioned plant.

The fire poses a risk of radioactive radiation, which could affect many EU Member States and the health of their citizens.

The European Union created the TACIS programme in 1991 to help the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) increase the safety of existing reactors and nuclear facilities, and to strengthen the responsible control bodies in this area. The programme was renamed INSC 2014-2020 and is still ongoing in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Kazakhstan.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

1. Has it sent a scientific team to Ukraine to conduct an on-site inspection of the fires and assess the possible consequences for EU citizens?

2. Does it intend to revise the list of target countries for the new programming period?

3. Does it have a strategy for dealing with crises caused by nuclear accidents and threats either within the Member States or in neighbouring third countries?

Original language of question: EL
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