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26/03/2013

New nuclear power plant in Akkuyu (Turkey)


In its reply to my previous question (P-002935/2011), the Commission underlined its concerns about the risk to European citizens posed by the decision of the Turkish authorities to construct a nuclear power plant in the seismic area of Akkuyu.

Furthermore, the Commission stated that it would call on Turkey to pass legislation that guaranteed a high level of nuclear safety based on EU standards, accede to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management and bring its legislation into line with all EU acquis on nuclear safety, including the Nuclear Safety Directive. It also pointed out that it expected Turkey to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the planned nuclear power plant and that 'it would monitor the matter closely'.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:— Has Turkey taken the action called for and has it carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)?

If so, has it been advised of the outcome of the EIA?

Finally, the European Parliament underlined its specific concerns, especially regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, within the framework of the new Directive on responsible and safe spent fuel and nuclear waste management and called on the Commission to take all measures needed to prevent radioactive waste from being stored in areas at high seismic risk http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+TA+P7-TA-2011-0295+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN

In view of the above, will the Commission say:— What measures has it taken in the wake of that decision?