Commission tables new EU nuclear safety proposal

Draft directive would make IAEA guidelines and 1994 nuclear safety convention binding in EU legislation

The European commission has tabled fresh legislation to improve nuclear safety standards across Europe.  A draft directive presented by energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs on Wednesday would set rules for activities ranging from the design to the decommissioning of nuclear plants.

The commission proposals would make binding in the EU an existing set of international rules and guidelines agreed through the International atomic energy agency (IAEA) and the UN's 1994 convention on nuclear safety.

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