Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (829)

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

946 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress being made during his EU Presidency to reach agreement on a proposed Council directive setting out basic obligations and general principles on the safety of nuclear installations and on the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

These two proposed directives, which together comprise proposals for a nuclear safety package, are currently under discussion in the European Council's Atomic Questions Working Group. The Irish Presidency will continue, through dialogue, to seek and develop consensus on the directives. While there will be a need for flexibility to accommodate the different views of member states, the Presidency will be guided by the need to ensure that nuclear safety is not compromised.