The EU and Nuclear Safety: Challenges Old and New (2012:10epa)

Författare: Södersten Anna

The EU has only in recent years adopted legislation in the field of nuclear safety. This legislation is not very far-reaching, and it largely replicates international conventions in the field.

The Fukushima accident in 2011, however, has underlined the need to strengthen this legislation.

In this analysis, the author explains the current legal framework and argues that even if the Member States are divided on nuclear energy, they should not refrain from finding common ground on safety issues and assuming responsibility on the international scene. According to the author, strong actors in the field of safety might be required in a world where the demand for energy will continue to grow.

The analysis is published in the context of SIEPS research project Energy: towards a common (green) energy policy?