The European Commission has reaffirmed its backing for separate decommissioning funds for nuclear power stations in a report reviewing practices in the EU's 14 member states with atomic energy programmes.
The report confirms that France and Germany are the only two member states who currently don't require external management of such funds, instead leaving responsibility for their management with nuclear operators.
Based on further information still being sought from the 14 states, the Commission said it would propose a non-binding recommendation under the EU's Euratom treaty next year. This will call on governments to take the necessary measures to guarantee transparency in the management of funds for decommissioning and their availability when needed.
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