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NIA welcomes Greg Clark’s Written Ministerial Statement on Euratom

11 January 2018

The NIA has welcomed the government’s statement on Euratom and its commitment to update Parliament every three months as well as clarity on its intention to negotiate an implementation period to ensure a smooth transition from the current to new arrangements.

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

“The Secretary of State’s statement on Euratom is a useful and welcome step in setting out the government’s approach in seeking to secure equivalent arrangements to those we benefit from as a member of Euratom.

“The UK industry and research facilities have been consistently clear with government about the importance of these issues since the referendum, and given the complex nature of multilateral agreements that will need to be negotiated, the recognition of the necessity of transitional arrangements and the desire for a close future association with Euratom is welcome.

“Even with a suitable transition, there remains much work for the government to do to prevent the significant disruption that industry is concerned about.

“There is much still to do in equipping the UK’s regulator to take on Euratom’s safeguarding activities; agreeing a voluntary offer with the IAEA; negotiating and ratifying new bilateral Nuclear Co-operation Agreements with the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and others; agreeing new trading arrangements with the Euratom community and concluding a new funding agreement for the UK to continue its world-leading work in Euratom’s fusion R&D activities. It is vital government continues to prioritise these issues in the period ahead if there is to be a successful outcome.”

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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 niauk.org.ukor @niauk.
  1. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. In 2016 its activities directly contributed £6.4 billion to UK GDP. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 22.7 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Read the Nuclear Activity Report.

Media Contacts:

Sara Crane: 020 7766 6646 / 07803 696 786 sara.crane@niauk.org

Rupert Lewis: 020 7766 6642 / 07894 595 717 rupert.lewis@niauk.org