EU Said to Bow to U.S. Resistance on Nuclear Safety Fixes
As the proposed vote draws near the US and Russia put pressure on EU countries not to ratify agreement that would require costly reactor upgrades to improve safety.
Jonathan Tirone / Bloomberg Business 1 February, 2015
“(Bloomberg) — European countries are retreating from a Swiss-led proposal to strengthen international nuclear safety rules in the face of opposition from the U.S. and Russia.
Less than two weeks before the Convention on Nuclear Safety convenes in Vienna to decide whether to amend international regulations, European countries are scrambling to draft a compromise agreement that can win U.S. and Russian support without forcing costly reactor upgrades, according to three European diplomats familiar with the negotiations who asked not to be named because talks are private. The shift was reported by Reuters on Jan. 30.
“The European Union simply blinked,” Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Arlington, Virginia-based Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, said in an interview. By folding, the EU may weaken its position in future negotiations, he added.”
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