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NIA comment on European Commission paper on nuclear materials and safeguard equipment (Euratom) 

14 July 2017

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Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The European Commission’s latest position paper on Euratom highlights just some of the issues the government’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty has created. The complexity of the issue is clear from the paper and while resolving safeguarding matters and the ownership of fissile nuclear material before March 2019 is a critical one, it is just the first of a series of issues that must be resolved.

“In parallel with this intricate negotiation, the Government needs to establish a new UK safeguarding regime, replicate the current trading arrangement with the Euratom Community, ratify new Nuclear Co-Operation Agreements with key nuclear markets outside of Euratom, establish a new funding regime for the UK to continue its involvement in world-leading nuclear research and development, and ensure the mobility of nuclear specific skills to and from the UK.

“The Commission makes it clear that the UK will not be part of Euratom “on the date of withdrawal” from the EU. The clock is ticking and there is still time for the government to review their exiting Euratom position and explore the alternative options available, including associate membership or at the very least a transitional period to avoid the cliff edge scenario both the government and industry want to avoid.”

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Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at www.niauk.org.uk or @niauk.
  2. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 65,000 professionals. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 40 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around half of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.
  3. You can access the full report Exiting Euratom by the NIA.
  4. European Commission, Position paper on nuclear materials and safeguard equipment (Euratom): https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/position-paper-nuclear-materials-and-safeguard-equipment-euratom_en

Media Contact:

Rupert Lewis: 07894 595717  rupert.lewis@niauk.org