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Iran says 'time not ripe' for talks on nuclear deal

Iran says 'time not ripe' for talks on nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says "the time is not ripe" for an unofficial meeting proposed by Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. His statement follows Iran's commencement last week of restrictions on some site inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regulation & Safety 01 March 2021


E3, USA reopen door to diplomacy with Iran

E3, USA reopen door to diplomacy with Iran

The E3 - France, Germany and the UK - has welcomed the prospect of a US and Iranian return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The E3 foreign ministers and the US secretary of state held a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss Iran and other pressing issues. It was the second time in this format since Secretary Antony Blinken took office.

Regulation & Safety 19 February 2021


Study calls for European nuclear renaissance

Study calls for European nuclear renaissance

The European Union should embark on a "nuclear renaissance" programme if it is to achieve its climate objectives, a new study on the bloc's climate policy has concluded. Commissioned by ECR Group and Renew Europe, the report says it is practically impossible to generate sufficient energy with wind and solar energy as there is not enough available land to meet electricity demand.

Energy & Environment 05 February 2021


Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Nuclear energy must be part of the European taxonomy in order to meet the objective of the Green Deal, thirteen trade unions representing energy and nuclear workers have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in a joint letter. Exclusion of nuclear power will not only have a negative impact on the European nuclear industry but also on electricity-intensive industries, they said.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


EC's 'clean planet' director highlights nuclear research

EC's 'clean planet' director highlights nuclear research

With 10 research and innovation actions linked to nuclear, the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) is "really stimulating new partnerships" across the 18 SET countries that are participating in them, Rosalinde van der Vlies, 'clean planet' director at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, said this week. Speaking in the plenary session of SNETP Forum 2021, she said all EU Member States have "very high standards" in safety, radiation protection and security.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

Lithuania calls for debate on safety of Ostrovets plant

The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has approved a draft resolution on the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus. Committee members voted 66 in favour and two against the resolution, with seven abstentions. The document, which was initiated by Lithuania, will be discussed at the plenary session of the European Parliament next week.

Regulation & Safety 02 February 2021


Canadian and European nuclear industries agree to partnership

Canadian and European nuclear industries agree to partnership

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Canadian Nuclear Association and Foratom will strengthen the associations' efforts in advancing the development of nuclear energy, its application and deployment to meet climate change goals. The MoU will see the two organisations work together to support, amongst other things, the development and deployment of small modular reactors and advanced reactors.

Corporate 28 January 2021


Study examines nuclear liability insurance market

Study examines nuclear liability insurance market

Considerable new capacity could be available in the insurance-linked securities market for the transfer of nuclear third-party liability risks, a study conducted on behalf of the European Commission has concluded. However, this new capacity would only be available under the right structures and terms.

Nuclear Policies 26 January 2021


E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2021


Khmelnitsky expansion part of European 'renaissance', says Energoatom chief

Khmelnitsky expansion part of European 'renaissance', says Energoatom chief

The completion of the third and fourth power units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant is "the future of Ukraine", Petro Kotin, acting president of Energoatom, said in an interview with Liga-Business at the end of last month. The project places Ukraine alongside other countries in Europe that are experiencing a "nuclear renaissance", since France, Poland, Slovakia and Romania are all now considering the further development of nuclear power, he said.

New Nuclear 08 January 2021