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WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2854/96 by Hiltrud BREYER to the Council. Nuclear industry in the Slovak Republic

OJ C 105, 3.4.1997, p. 29 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)

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WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2854/96 by Hiltrud BREYER to the Council. Nuclear industry in the Slovak Republic

Official Journal C 105 , 03/04/1997 P. 0029

WRITTEN QUESTION E-2854/96 by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council (23 October 1996)

Subject: Nuclear industry in the Slovak Republic

1. What independent organization is monitoring the extension to, and retrofitting of, the Mochovce nuclear power station on the edge of the Danube plain where there have been a series of defects in the fabric of the building and the Soviet technology dating from the 1970s which have certainly not improved in the fourteen years since the building work began (the plant components have not been serviced)?

2. What is the Council's view of the environmental programmes caused by the fact that the cooling water required for the plant has to be pumped up at considerable cost from a distance of 10 km in order to guarantee the proper functioning of the power station?

Joint reply to Written Questions E-2846/96, E-2848/96, E-2850/96, E-2852/96 and E-2854/96 (13 February 1997)

1. The Council attaches the greatest importance to the protection of the environment against the dangers of ionizing radiation. Article 80, concerning nuclear safety, of the Europe Agreement establishing the Association with the Slovak Republic stipulates that the aim of the cooperation is to provide for a safer use of nuclear energy. This aspect of cooperation covers several of the areas to which the Honourable Member refers and includes the exchange of information and experience and research and development activities.

2. The Honourable Member might also note that at the last Association Council meeting with the Slovak Republic the Community side stressed the importance of energy and, in particular, nuclear safety, for Slovakia and its role in the country's preparation for accession. The Community is strongly committed to a high level of safety in nuclear power stations and to close cooperation to achieve this. The Community stresses the need to ensure that Slovak nuclear power stations that do not conform to internationally recognized safety guidelines are shut down as soon as possible.

3. It should also be noted that the Slovak republic has acceded to the IAEA Convention (Vienna) on nuclear safety principles and has thereby subscribed to the safety requirements laid down by that Convention.