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European nuclear safety training institute
Four national technical safety organizations have announced the creation of a European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute (ENSTTI) to help strengthen European research and assessment know-how in the fields of nuclear safety and radiation protection.
Thu, Mar 11 2010
Russia welcomes EU cooperation talks
The Russian government is welcoming anticipated talks with the European Union (EU) to negotiate a nuclear partnership agreement that would facilitate nuclear trade and exchange of knowledge on safety issues.
Mon, Feb 22 2010
Political risk for Italian nuclear
Italy's inter-regional body rejected the nuclear energy policy proposed by Silvio Berlusconi's government during a late January session. Regional elections are looming, giving rise to fears for Italy's nuclear renaissance.
Wed, Feb 3 2010
Europe launches nuclear academy
The European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy (Enela) has been launched. The academy aims to attract university graduates to the nuclear energy sector and to train future leaders in this field.
Fri, Jan 29 2010
Urenco expands enrichment capacity
Uranium enrichment company Urenco reported that its production capacity significantly increased in 2009 through expansion projects at its European sites and will be boosted further this year with the start up of its new US facility.
Wed, Jan 27 2010
Westinghouse expands European service capabilities
Westinghouse has opened a pump and motor maintenance and repair centre in Nivelles, Belgium, to serve European nuclear power plant operators. The facility will have an annual repair and refurbishment capacity of more than 20 large motors and ten pumps.
Fri, Jan 22 2010
Blanket EU nuclear safeguards deal
Most member states of the EU will have simplified routines to safeguard their nuclear materials under a special deal agreed with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Fri, Jan 8 2010
Reprocessed uranium Russia-bound
A shipment of uranium recovered from fuel previously used in European nuclear power reactors is en route from Sellafield to Russia for processing into new fuel.
Tue, Jan 5 2010
New European commissioners
The energy brief in the European Commission (EC) could pass to Günter Öttinger if his nomination goes through. The directorates for energy and transport are to be separated in the next commission.
Fri, Nov 27 2009
Eurelectric: Keep nuclear for emissions cuts
A study from Europe's electricity industry reveals that increasing nuclear power will help cut carbon emissions faster.
Mon, Nov 16 2009
Horizon clear for EOn, RWE joint venture
The UK joint venture between European utilities EOn and RWE will begin operating later this month under the name Horizon Nuclear Power. It aims to develop around 6000 MWe of new nuclear capacity in the UK by 2025.
Fri, Nov 6 2009
Hotspots in European debate
The last week has been a turbulent time in two anti-nuclear European countries, with Spanish leaders under fire after their Garona decision and a short-circuit sparking further debate in Germany.
Wed, Jul 8 2009
European nuclear safety law
A new Europe-wide nuclear safety directive has been adopted which sets up a legal framework based on already-acknowledged safety principles. While few changes are expected in practice, the new law should provide assurance for non-nuclear states.
Thu, Jun 25 2009
EOn on investment and climate
Despite the economic situation, EOn is to continue its investments across Europe to the tune of €30 billion by 2011. The company is calling for a global carbon system to guide such spending.
Wed, May 6 2009
Europe steps towards shared repository concept
Following several years of preliminary work, 14 European countries have resolved to set up a European Repository Development Organisation (ERDO) to collaborate on nuclear waste disposal.
Wed, Feb 11 2009
European Parliament adopts energy recommendations
The European Parliament has set out wide-ranging recommendations for the European Union's future energy policy. These include a road map for investments in nuclear energy and new emissions targets for 2050.
Thu, Feb 5 2009
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