In a media briefing, Bankwatch campaigners from Ukraine, Slovakia and Romania will give a brief overview over Ukraine’s nuclear plans and how they are in breach of international law and neighbouring countries’ interest. They will also offer details on the European Union’s financial support.
The briefing will be live streamed on this page on March 30, 2016 at 11 am CET.
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Following three brief presentations, the floor will be opened for questions. To participate, see instructions on the right.
Six of Ukraine’s Soviet-era nuclear reactors will exceed their original lifespan over the next four years, and the government in Kiev is planning to extend their lifetime by at least ten more years.
A so-called safety upgrade programme is supported with EU public funds, but in practice the safety of these nuclear units is in serious question, and the process is full of deeply disturbing irregularities, including repeated breaches of international treaties.
In May, after the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Ukrainian nuclear regulator will be deciding on lifetime extensions for two nuclear units which have already reached their original expiry date. Both are located in the Zaporizhia nuclear power station, Europe’s largest, just 250 kilometers from the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine.
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