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EU adopts binding nuclear safety standards

The executive European Commission says nuclear power plants in the EU will now be legally obliged to comply with safety rules set out by the UN' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

world Updated: Jun 25, 2009 19:32 IST

European Union nations have agreed to make international nuclear safety standards mandatory across the 27-nation bloc.

The executive European Commission says nuclear power plants in the EU will now be legally obliged to comply with safety rules set out by the UN' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

EU member governments on Thursday approved a regulation that made the safety obligations binding.

EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs says the law will provide better protection for nuclear power plant workers, citizens and the environment by requiring governments to improve their own nuclear safety regulations.

The EU is the first region in the world to make the standards compulsory. It has the most nuclear power plants of any region.