EU states stall Commission's nuclear ambitions

Schröder and Blair threaten to block proposed directives on nuclear safety and waste management

Five governments are preparing to block a European Commission proposal to create the EU's first ever legal nuclear safety standards, ENDS Europe DAILY has learned. With top-level support from chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany and UK prime minister Tony Blair, the two countries plus Sweden, Finland and Belgium are insisting that two draft directives be downgraded into non-binding instruments.

The Commission issued its controversial nuclear safety package in January. EU states have begun considering the proposals in detail only this autumn. It was clear from the outset that several governments viewed the proposals as an unnecessary addition to the existing international framework and an unwarranted extension of EU powers (EED 31/01/03).

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