The EU Commission will be asked about the safety of building work at the Ostrovets (Astravyets) nuclear power plant in Belarus, in a plenary debate on Monday at 18.00.
MEPs are expected to ask the Commission whether the Ostrovets plant complies with EU nuclear safety rules and how it plans to ensure that the plant undergoes proper safety stress tests, given that it is to be operational within two years.
The Commission has played an observer role in the construction of the Ostrovets plant. A 2009 a preliminary meeting before construction began showed that internationally-agreed regulatory steps had not been satisfactorily incorporated into the national licensing process. The plant is expected to enter the first stage operation this year and full operation in 2018.
Procedure: Commission statement (without resolution)
Debate: Monday, 6 June