The position of the European Commission on the joint appeal of the Ministry of Energy, SNRIU and NNEGC Energoatom dated March 5, 2022 on the critical situation at nuclear facilities in Ukraine in connection with the military invasion and seizure of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, the exclusion zone, Zaporizhia NPP is received.
The letter of the EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, on behalf of the President of the European Commission Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, emphasizes the position of the EU on the absolute inadmissibility of actions by the aggressor in Ukraine and on nuclear radiation projects in its territory, which creates unprecedented risks of nuclear incidents.
The European Commission appreciates the efforts of the authorized central authorities of Ukraine to counter military aggression, maintain nuclear and radiation safety in Ukraine. The EU also emphasizes the importance of ongoing dialogue with international partners on the situation around Ukraine's nuclear power plants and supports the involvement of IAEA, European Nuclear Regulators, WENRA, HERCA and other international partners in these processes.
If necessary, the parties are ready to join inspections and verifications of safe operation of Ukrainian NPPs under the auspices of the IAEA mission, provide support to Ukraine in the field of risk assessment and support the SNRIU in restoring regulatory control over nuclear power facilities in Ukraine.
However, in order to provide practical assistance to the regulator and NPPs of Ukraine, it is critical to ensure safe access of representatives of international organizations to the sites.
At present, the issue of creating appropriate safe preconditions remains important and unresolved.