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2018/0245(NLE) European instrument for nuclear safety 2021–2027

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE URUTCHEV Vladimir (icon: PPE PPE) GEIER Jens (icon: S&D S&D), MATTHEWS Rupert (icon: ECR ECR), TELIČKA Pavel (icon: ALDE ALDE), KOHLÍČEK Jaromír (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), RIVASI Michèle (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), TAMBURRANO Dario (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion AFET AUŠTREVIČIUS Petras (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion BUDG
Committee Opinion ENVI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 203

Events

2019/02/27
   Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/01/17
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2019/01/17
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 563 votes to 30, with 36 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing a European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty.

Members recalled the need for the highest nuclear safety standards and safeguards after the nuclear accidents at the Chernobyl nuclear power plants in 1986 and Fukushima Daiichi in 2011. Therefore, commitments to nuclear safety, non-proliferation and nuclear security, as well as sustainable development objectives and the interests of the Union as a whole, should govern the programming of actions.

Parliament approved the Commission's proposal subject to the following amendments:

Subject matter

The objective of this Regulation is to complement those nuclear cooperation activities that are financed under [the Regulation NDICI ], in particular in order to:

- support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety , radiation protection and the application of effective and efficient safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries, building on the regulatory frameworks and best practices within the Community;

- help ensure a purely civilian use of nuclear material and by that, the protection of citizens and the environment by also supporting the implementation of transparency in nuclear related decision-making by authorities of third countries.

Parliament pointed out that cooperation provided by the Union in the field of nuclear safety and safeguards under this Regulation is not aimed at promoting nuclear energy.

The specific objectives of the instrument shall include in particular:

- the promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and governance, the continuous improvement of nuclear safety and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards;

- the responsible and safe management of radioactive waste, from its production to its final disposal, including spent fuel, as well as the safe and efficient decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations and former uranium mining sites or sunken radioactive objects and materials;

- the establishment of effective, efficient and transparent safeguards for nuclear material;

- the promotion of overall transparency and openness of authorities in third countries, as well as public information and participation in decision making processes relating to the safety of nuclear installations and effective radioactive waste management practices, in accordance with relevant international conventions and instruments;

- the use of the Instrument knowledge and actions to leverage political influence in international organisations in the area of energy and security.

The Commission shall coordinate its cooperation with third countries and with international organisations pursuing similar objectives, in particular the IAEA and the OECD/NEA.

Proposed budget

Members proposed to set the financial envelope for the implementation of the Regulation for the period 2021-2027 at EUR 266 million in constant prices (EUR 300 million in the Commission’s proposal).

Criteria for international cooperation in nuclear safety

Under the amended text, a common understanding and a reciprocal agreement between the third country and the Community shall be confirmed through a formal request to the Commission, committing the respective Government.

Third countries wishing to cooperate with the Community shall be members of the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and should have its Additional Protocol or a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency sufficient to provide credible assurance of the non-diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful nuclear activities and of the absence of undeclared nuclear material or activities in that state as a whole in place.

In the case of active cooperation, that commitment shall be evaluated annually. On the basis of such an evaluation, a decision shall be taken with regard to the continuation of the cooperation.

In general, the instrument shall encourage countries receiving financial assistance to (i) comply with their commitments under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; (ii) comply with relevant international conventions; (iii) comply with nuclear safety and radiation protection standards; and (iv) undertake to implement recommendations and measures in this regard according to the highest standards of transparency and publicity.

This Instrument shall aim to engage countries receiving financial assistance under this Regulation to: (i) uphold the commitments under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, (ii) commit to relevant international conventions, (iii) uphold nuclear safety and radiation protection standards and (iv) commit to implementation of relevant recommendations and measures with the highest standards of transparency and publicity.

Transparency

The necessary information in relation to the nuclear safety measures undertaken in those third countries with the help of the Instrument and in relation to their nuclear safety standards in general, shall be made available to workers and the general public, with specific consideration to local authorities, population and stakeholders in the vicinity of a nuclear installation.

Documents
2019/01/04
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2018/12/12
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/12/10
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

T he Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Vladimir URUTCHEV (EPP, BG) on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing a European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty.

Members recalled that the nuclear accidents at the Chernobyl nuclear power plants in 1986 and Fukushima Daiichi in 2011 have clearly demonstrated the need for the highest nuclear safety safeguards and standards and for continuous efforts to improve these standards and safeguards globally, as well as to secure the Community's commitment to these objectives in third countries.

The committee responsible recommended that the European Parliament approve the Commission's proposal subject to the following amendments:

Subject matter : the objective of this Regulation is to complement those nuclear cooperation activities that are financed under [the Regulation NDICI ], in particular in order to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection and the application of effective and efficient safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries, building on the regulatory frameworks and best practices within the Community.

The aim would be to help ensure a purely civilian use of nuclear material and by that, the protection of citizens and the environment by also supporting the implementation of transparency in nuclear related decision-making by authorities of third countries.

Members pointed out that cooperation provided by the Union in the field of nuclear safety and safeguards under this Regulation is not aimed at promoting nuclear energy .

The specific objectives of the instrument shall include in particular:

the responsible and safe management of radioactive waste, from its production to its final disposal; the establishment of effective, efficient and transparent safeguards for nuclear material; the promotion of overall transparency and openness of authorities in third countries, as well as public information and participation in decision making processes relating to the safety of nuclear installations and effective radioactive waste management practices, in accordance with relevant international conventions and instruments; the use of the Instrument knowledge and actions to leverage political influence in international organisations in the area of energy and security.

The Commission shall coordinate its cooperation with third countries and with international organisations pursuing similar objectives, in particular the IAEA and the OECD/NEA.

Proposed budget : Members proposed to set the financial envelope for the implementation of the Regulation for the period 2021-2027 at EUR 266 million in constant prices.

Criteria for international cooperation in nuclear safety : under the amended text, a common understanding and a reciprocal agreement between the third country and the Community shall be confirmed through a formal request to the Commission, committing the respective Government.

Third countries wishing to cooperate with the Community shall be members of the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and should have its Additional Protocol or a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency sufficient to provide credible assurance of the non-diversion of declared nuclear material from peaceful nuclear activities and of the absence of undeclared nuclear material or activities in that state as a whole in place.

In the case of active cooperation, that commitment shall be evaluated annually. On the basis of such an evaluation, a decision shall be taken with regard to the continuation of the cooperation.

Transparency : the necessary information in relation to the nuclear safety measures undertaken in those third countries with the help of the Instrument and in relation to their nuclear safety standards in general, shall be made available to workers and the general public, with specific consideration to local authorities, population and stakeholders in the vicinity of a nuclear installation.

Documents
2018/12/03
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/11/22
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/11/07
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/11/07
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/10/05
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/09/05
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/07/10
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/07/05
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/06/14
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/06/14
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to establish a European instrument for nuclear safety complementing the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty for the period 2021-2027.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

BACKGROUND: the non-proliferation regime, which has been challenged in recent years, calls for a continuous support to strengthen the international framework to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Under different association and partnership agreement (e.g. with Ukraine), the Union has committed to support the concerned countries in adopting in their national legislation the acquis communautaire , including nuclear safeguards.

Under the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, a financing instrument which will expire on 31 December 2020 was dedicated to the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety.

Under the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework, the Commission proposed to streamline the Union's external action instruments into a broad instrument called the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument ( NDICI ) . The proposed new European instrument shall complement this framework with activities to promote the establishment of effective nuclear safety standards in third countries, building on the experience of nuclear safety operations within the Euratom Community.

The objective of the new European instrument for nuclear safety is to promote the establishment of effective and efficient nuclear safety standards in third countries in accordance with Article 203 of Euratom Treaty, building on the experience of nuclear safety activities within the Euratom Community.

CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the European instrument for nuclear safety which complements those nuclear cooperation activities that are financed under the Regulation NDICI, in particular in order to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and the application of effective and efficient safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries.

Objectives : the proposed Regulation shall aim in particular at:

the promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards, and continuous improvement of nuclear safety; responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste and the decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations; establishing efficient and effective safeguard systems.

Implementation : the implementation of this Regulation shall be based on consultation, where relevant, with the relevant authorities of the Member States, and on a dialogue with the partner countries. Cooperation between the Community and the third countries or regions concerned shall be implemented on the basis of multiannual indicative programmes.

EU funding may be provided through grants, procurement contracts for services or supplies, remunerated external experts and blending.

Proposed budget : the European Commission has proposed to allocate EUR 89.5 billion (in current prices) to the neighbourhood, development cooperation and international cooperation instrument for 2021-2027, of which EUR 300 million (in current prices) shall be allocated to this instrument in order to complement the nuclear activities covered by the Euratom Treaty.

Documents

  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)150
  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0041/2019
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0462
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES4060/2018
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0448/2018
  • Committee opinion: PE627.713
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.383
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.393
  • Committee draft report: PE628.432
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2018)0337
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2018)0462
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2018)0337
  • Committee draft report: PE628.432
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.383
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE630.393
  • Committee opinion: PE627.713
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES4060/2018
  • Commission response to text adopted in plenary: SP(2019)150
  • Contribution: COM(2018)0462

Votes

A8-0448/2018 - Vladimir Urutchev - Proposition de la Commission

2019/01/17 Outcome: +: 563, 0: 36, -: 30
DE IT ES FR PL RO BE SE CZ AT NL BG PT HU SK HR DK GB FI LT EL IE SI LV LU EE MT CY ??
Total
82
54
46
67
47
22
20
18
19
17
22
15
14
14
13
10
10
58
9
9
16
9
8
7
6
6
6
4
1
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United Kingdom PPE

2

Finland PPE

For (1)

1

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3

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For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1
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165

Czechia S&D

3

Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

Denmark S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

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3

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1
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57

Germany ALDE

3

Romania ALDE

For (1)

1

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2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

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1

Croatia ALDE

2

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1

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For (1)

1

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1

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For (1)

1

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3
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61
2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

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2

Czechia ECR

2

Netherlands ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

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1

Lithuania ECR

1

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
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Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

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2

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3

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2

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For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

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4

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For (1)

1

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For (1)

1

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1

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1
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2

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For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

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For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

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14

Germany NI

2

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Abstain (1)

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Abstain (1)

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NI

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1
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33

Germany EFDD

For (1)

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1

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1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
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34

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

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2

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Abstain (1)

1

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3

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4
AmendmentsDossier
121 2018/0245(NLE)
2018/10/17 AFET 41 amendments...
source: 629.433
2018/11/07 ITRE 80 amendments...
source: 630.393

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to establish a European instrument for nuclear safety complementing the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty for the period 2021-2027.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

        BACKGROUND: the non-proliferation regime, which has been challenged in recent years, calls for a continuous support to strengthen the international framework to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Under different association and partnership agreement (e.g. with Ukraine), the Union has committed to support the concerned countries in adopting in their national legislation the acquis communautaire, including nuclear safeguards.

        Under the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, a financing instrument which will expire on 31 December 2020 was dedicated to the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety.

        Under the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework, the Commission proposed to streamline the Union's external action instruments into a broad instrument called the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument (NDICI). The proposed new European instrument shall complement this framework with activities to promote the establishment of effective nuclear safety standards in third countries, building on the experience of nuclear safety operations within the Euratom Community.

        The objective of the new European instrument for nuclear safety is to promote the establishment of effective and efficient nuclear safety standards in third countries in accordance with Article 203 of Euratom Treaty, building on the experience of nuclear safety activities within the Euratom Community.

        CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the European instrument for nuclear safety which complements those nuclear cooperation activities that are financed under the Regulation NDICI, in particular in order to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and the application of effective and efficient safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries.

        Objectives: the proposed Regulation shall aim in particular at:

        • the promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards, and continuous improvement of nuclear safety;
        • responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste and the decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations;
        • establishing efficient and effective safeguard systems.

        Implementation: the implementation of this Regulation shall be based on consultation, where relevant, with the relevant authorities of the Member States, and on a dialogue with the partner countries. Cooperation between the Community and the third countries or regions concerned shall be implemented on the basis of multiannual indicative programmes.  

        EU funding may be provided through grants, procurement contracts for services or supplies, remunerated external experts and blending.

        Proposed budget: the European Commission has proposed to allocate EUR 89.5 billion (in current prices) to the neighbourhood, development cooperation and international cooperation instrument for 2021-2027, of which EUR 300 million (in current prices) shall be allocated to this instrument in order to complement the nuclear activities covered by the Euratom Treaty.

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    • PURPOSE: to establish a European instrument for nuclear safety complementing the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty for the period 2021-2027.

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.

      BACKGROUND: the non-proliferation regime, which has been challenged in recent years, calls for a continuous support to strengthen the international framework to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Under different association and partnership agreement (e.g. with Ukraine), the Union has committed to support the concerned countries in adopting in their national legislation the acquis communautaire, including nuclear safeguards.

      Under the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, a financing instrument which will expire on 31 December 2020 was dedicated to the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety.

      Under the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework, the Commission proposed to streamline the Union's external action instruments into a broad instrument called the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument (NDICI). The proposed new European instrument shall complement this framework with activities to promote the establishment of effective nuclear safety standards in third countries, building on the experience of nuclear safety operations within the Euratom Community.

      The objective of the new European instrument for nuclear safety is to promote the establishment of effective and efficient nuclear safety standards in third countries in accordance with Article 203 of Euratom Treaty, building on the experience of nuclear safety activities within the Euratom Community.

      CONTENT: the proposal for a Regulation - presented for a Union of 27 Member States - seeks to establish the European instrument for nuclear safety which complements those nuclear cooperation activities that are financed under the Regulation NDICI, in particular in order to support the promotion of a high level of nuclear safety, radiation protection, and the application of effective and efficient safeguards of nuclear materials in third countries.

      Objectives: the proposed Regulation shall aim in particular at:

      • the promotion of an effective nuclear safety culture and implementation of the highest nuclear safety and radiation protection standards, and continuous improvement of nuclear safety;
      • responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste and the decommissioning and remediation of former nuclear sites and installations;
      • establishing efficient and effective safeguard systems.

      Implementation: the implementation of this Regulation shall be based on consultation, where relevant, with the relevant authorities of the Member States, and on a dialogue with the partner countries. Cooperation between the Community and the third countries or regions concerned shall be implemented on the basis of multiannual indicative programmes.  

      EU funding may be provided through grants, procurement contracts for services or supplies, remunerated external experts and blending.

      Proposed budget: the European Commission has proposed to allocate EUR 89.5 billion (in current prices) to the neighbourhood, development cooperation and international cooperation instrument for 2021-2027, of which EUR 300 million (in current prices) shall be allocated to this instrument in order to complement the nuclear activities covered by the Euratom Treaty.

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