Energy ministers agree on nuclear plant stress tests

Luxembourg, June 10 (MTI) – Energy ministers of the European Union have agreed on the details of nuclear stress tests, Hungary’s Development Minister Tamas Fellegi said after meeting counterparts in Luxembourg on Friday.  

The European Commission is planning to complete a preliminary report on the tests before the end of the year, while each member will complete their own stress tests to be submitted for a final report in the first quarter of 2012, Fellegi said.


Fellegi emphasised the importance of testing nuclear plants in countries neighbouring the EU as well.


Concerning Germany’s announcement that the country would give up nuclear energy production in the next decade, Fellegi said that other countries should not “jump to rash conclusions” as a result.


He said one of the topics of the talks had been how to harmonise practices across borders in order to produce a unified European energy market while facing the fact that energy policy is within the competence of national governments.


Most EU members think that the importance of gas supplies will increase in the near future, which will also increase the significance of the EU’s energy diplomacy, the minister said.