Nuclear safety after Fukushima - lessons for the future EU energy policy

21 Sep 2011 12:00
21 Sep 2011 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to their next Environmental Policy Forum, to be held on September 21, with:
• Mr. Luc Vanhoenacker - Chairman of the European Nuclear Installations Safety Standards Initiative (ENISS) Steering Committee
• Mrs. Rebecca Harms – MEP and President of The Greens/EFA
• Ms Magali Smets, Deputy director of AREVA Brussels

The nuclear accident in Fukushima on 11 March 2011 has led to renewed concerns about the safety of using nuclear power to meet future energy needs around the globe. On 25 March 2011, the Heads of States and Governments of the EU Member States, concluded that there must be a re-assessment of all EU nuclear power plants with the aim to learn from the event in Japan and rule out that a similar disaster can happen in Europe. A comprehensive and transparent risk and safety assessment, the so-called 'stress tests', have been introduced as a set of safety criteria to be used in addition to safety standards already in place at national level. Their aim is to assess whether the safety margins are sufficient to cover unexpected hazards, both natural and man-made (i.e. effects of airplane crashes and terrorist attacks).
However, countries with large nuclear industries such as France and Britain have since the beginning opposed stringent stress tests arguing that "safety" and "security" of a nuclear power plant were two separate issues. This Energy Policy Forum aims to assess the effectiveness of these stress tests, shed light on the role of different EU institutions within the process and explore the future challenges with regard to their implementation.


Participation is free of charge and open to all, but due to space limitations, registration is required.  Those wanting to participate can send an email to

The programme will start at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentations at 12:30

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