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Members of European Parliament ask European Commission to take firm position on nuclear transparency, public engagement and safety across Europe

In this joint letter, 18 members of the European Parliament, Nuclear Transparency Watch and CEE Bankwatch Network are asking the European Commission, as an opinion-making party of relevant international conventions, to provide leadership and express its clear support for the findings of relevant committees during the upcoming Meetings of Parties of Espoo Convention in June and of the Aarhus Convention in September, in favour of a coherent application of the Espoo and Aarhus Conventions to nuclear lifetime extensions.

[Campaign update] Ukrainian nuclear power consultations could be Potemkin villages

On Sunday, March 5, nuclear reactor number 3 at the Zaporizhia power plant in Ukraine, Europe’s largest nuclear power station, will reach the end of its 30 year lifespan. Kiev wants to keep this Soviet-era nuclear unit going for at least ten more years, just like six other nuclear units which have already been granted lifetime extensions. But, for the first time and following a lot of international pressure, the Ukrainian government is planning to ask its neighbours whether they are OK with this. Or at least that’s what it says.

Skeletons are hiding in the closet of Europe's energy policy - letter to Maroš Šefčovič on the EU's support for nuclear energy

Accompanied by a public action, Bankwatch and Global 2000 presented European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič with this open letter. The letter points out the inconsistencies behind European public money supporting lifetime extension of soviet era nuclear reactors in Ukraine, which are made in violation of international environmental conventions and with insufficient implementation of safety requirements.

So far, the EU's support for Ukraine is a bad precedent for nuclear decision-making across Europe. It is time to set things straight!

Saporoschje bleibt weiter am Netz

Source: Bernhard Clasen, taz

Die Laufzeit des größten Atomkraftwerks in Europa wurde verlängert. Doch die Kritiker zweifeln an der Sicherheit des Reaktors.

KIEW taz | Europas größtes Atomkraftwerk, das AKW Saporoschje in der Ostukraine, geht in die Laufzeitverlängerung. Am Dienstag beschloss die ukrainische Atombehörde einstimmig, die Laufzeit des ersten der insgesamt sechs Reaktoren um weitere neun Jahre zu verlängern. Er ist seit Dezember 1985 am Netz und hat seine ursprünglich auf 30 Jahre ausgelegte Lebenszeit erreicht.

Ukraine's nuclear energy fixation puts its European financiers to a test

In a meeting today, the Espoo Convention's Implementation Committee will again discuss Ukraine's compliance with the Convention's rules. A look back at the last months does not suggest a positive outcome.

Sonnige Grüße aus Tschernobyl

Source: Bernhard Clasen, taz

Die Regierung in Kiew will endlich unabhäng von russischem Gas werden. Ein Solarpark in der Zone um Tschernobyl soll helfen.

KIEW taz | Mehr Sonne: Die Regierung der Ukraine hat ehrgeizige Pläne zur Förderung erneuerbarer Energien. Kürzlich stellte sie ein neues Projekt vor: Eine 6.000 Hektar große Solarfarm in der 30-Kilometer-Zone um die Reaktoren von Tschernobyl.

Financial trouble of Ukraine's nuclear operator calls Europe's financial support into question

Energoatom is currently unable to serve loans from European institutions. Even though a European Commission study assessed the company’s credit worthiness, Ukrainian taxpayers now have to pay back part of the loans.

Ochranári informovali ministra Sólymosa o stave ukrajinských jadrových reaktorov

Source: TASR, SME Domov

Upozorňujú, že predlžovanie životnosti reaktorov sa deje bez splnenia predpísaných bezpečnostných opatrení.

BRATISLAVA. Ochranári v stredu doručili ministrovi životného prostredia Lászlóovi Sólymosovi (Most-Híd) list, v ktorom ho informujú o podľa nich závažnej situácii jadrových reaktorov na Ukrajine a vyzývajú ho, aby konal. Informovala o tom nezisková organizácia Človek v ohrození.
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Time for Europe to stop supporting Ukraine's risky nuclear power sector

Three decades after Chernobyl, nuclear power remains a mainstay of Ukrainian energy supply. Despite persistent safety problems, the Ukrainian government has approved lifetime extensions for four of its 15 nuclear units since 2010, and two more could be greenlighted later this year. What is more, Ukraine’s nuclear sector survives in part thanks to European support. The EU needs to stop supporting Kiev’s risky nuclear energy programme.

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