Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on the “stress tests” of nuclear power plants
High safety standards in nuclear power production are a topmost priority for the Czech Republic. We support the efforts of the European Union to promote and improve nuclear safety not only in Europe, but also on global level.
For this reason, the Czech Republic was fully involved in the recent “stress tests” of nuclear power plants and offered its complete cooperation during the exercise. The stress tests clearly confirmed that the Czech nuclear power plants adhere to the high internationally recognized technical and safety requirements, as well as to the common legal framework for nuclear safety. Any further safety enhancements that were identified during the stress tests are already being rigorously implemented at national levels.
However, the Communication on these stress tests, unveiled today by the European Commission, fails to impartially incorporate the independent and expert views and recommendations of ENSREG (European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group).
“I regret that the Commission’s Communication incorrectly simplifies the results of the stress tests, thereby opening them up to unfortunate misleading interpretations”, commented First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg. “Nuclear energy is a highly complex, technical matter. Debate on its safety issues should therefore remain solely in the hands of experts and not politics.”