Ukraine Will Join Next G20 Meeting to Share its Expertise in Energy SecurityBy Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
KYIV, Ukraine, April 20, 2011 - The Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon invited Ukraine
to participate in the next meeting of G20 on nuclear security issues,
scheduled for May 2011 in Paris. "I appreciate your offer to make Ukraine's
experience in [nuclear security] serve this cause" - highlighted Francois
Fillon at the meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The French Prime Minister reiterated that international
community has to make some conclusions after the events at the Chernobyl and
Fukushima NPPs. "First of all, we need to review the security technologies
that are being used today with nuclear power equipment," he said.
The French Premier added that his country supports the
initiative of establishing a joint system of nuclear security, "We believe it
is appropriate to discuss the issue of introduction of a new, common system
of quick response to emergencies, so that we are able to join our efforts to
address these issues," he said.
Ukraine has accumulated a unique experience in many aspects of
nuclear safety, particularly in the emergency response in case of large-scale
nuclear accident. Ukrainian nuclear power plants have gone through a
meticulous modernization of power units, increasing their safety. For the
first time ever a unique comprehensive safety assessment of all nuclear power
units in the whole country has been conducted through the EU-Ukraine-IAEA
joint project in Ukraine. As a result, IAEA experts and the EU have
established compliance of all units of Ukrainian nuclear power plants with
modern requirements of the IAEA's nuclear security measures.
Moreover, Ukraine has recently introduced a series of
systematic measures to improve the security of its nuclear plants. These
measures include the introduction of new technologies while disposing of
nuclear waste, decommissioning of Chernobyl NPP, socio-economic recovery of
affected areas, following modern requirements on seismic stability, and
providing the State Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine, the country's
main watchdog in nuclear energy, with an independent status on the
In addition, Francois Fillon said that France supports Ukraine
in solving Chernobyl related problems. "We want to express solidarity with
the people of Ukraine, the Ukrainian government in addressing issues related
to the construction of a new sarcophagus over the destroyed reactor in
Chernobyl" summed up the French Prime Minister.
For more information, contact Maryna Khorunzha +380443324784
news at wnu-ukraine.com, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine
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