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Sinn Féin cautions against the pro-nuclear stance of the EU

2 March, 2004

Sinn Féin East EU Candidate John Dwyer has today urged cautioned against what he referred to as the 'pro-nuclear stance of the EU'. Mr Dwyer was speaking ahead of a European Commission decision on whether to fund a nuclear reactor in Romania, which is likely to become a member of the EU by 2007.

Speaking today, Cllr Dwyer said:

"Sinn Féin is extremely concerned at the drive towards further extending the use of nuclear power within the EU. The discussions around whether or not to fund a nuclear reactor in Romania are only a small part of a much larger problem. There are a number of issues at stake here.

"Sinn Féin wants a nuclear free EU, indeed, a nuclear free world. There are also major issues surrounding safety, or lack there of. Europe has already witnessed the tragic events of Chernobyl, and the world is still dealing with the environmental fall-out two decades later. Concerns have been raised about the nuclear reactors in a number of the new accession states. The safety of existing reactors must be addressed immediately.

"In 2002, the EU Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio had proposed that the EU Commission would supervise the safety of nuclear reactors. However, both the British and French vehemently opposed these plans. It is no coincidence that these two member states are amongst the biggest users of nuclear power in the EU.

"Sinn Féin calls for a tightening of safety within those member states with nuclear reactors. The Euratom nuclear treaty is a discredited treaty that was signed in 1957 and has never been reviewed. It must be scrapped and replaced with a credible treaty that has safety at its core.

"Sinn Féin will continue to demand for an end to the pro-nuclear stance of the EU"ENDS

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