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Japan disaster show need for nuclear free Europe

23 March, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today said that the disaster in Japan "shows the importance of moving to a nuclear free Europe"

Speaking in the debate in the European Parliament on the situation in Japan Ms de Brún said:

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the people affected by the ongoing tragedy in Japan. We must do everything possible to assist the people of Japan.

"As for the lessons we in Europe must draw from this, the question of nuclear safety is now starkly on the agenda, particularly in relation to 'stress tests' to be carried out on nuclear plants in Europe. What has happened in Japan has serious implications for EU energy policy.

"The humanitarian disaster shows the importance of moving to a nuclear free Europe. We need a moratorium on nuclear energy and massive investment in sustainable, renewable sources of energy. We have to review the regulatory system for nuclear safety also " ENDS

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