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Nuclear safety in Europe is again being called into question: time for decisive action

Written declaration No. 767 | Doc. 15747 | 22 April 2023

Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Knut ABRAHAM, Germany, EPP/CD ; Mr Pavlo BAKUNETS, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Taras BATENKO, Ukraine, NR ; Ms Petra BAYR, Austria, SOC ; Ms Arta BILALLI ZENDELI, North Macedonia, SOC ; Ms Larysa BILOZIR, Ukraine, ALDE ; Mr Bertrand BOUYX, France, ALDE ; Mr Damien COTTIER, Switzerland, ALDE ; Ms Andrea EDER-GITSCHTHALER, Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Valentina GRIPPO, Italy, ALDE ; Ms Sally-Ann HART, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Serhii KALCHENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Ms Olena KHOMENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Ms Iryna KONSTANKEVYCH, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK, Ukraine, ALDE ; Mrs Pauline LATHAM, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Jacques LE NAY, France, ALDE ; Sir Tony LLOYD, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Olena MOSHENETS, Ukraine, ALDE ; Mr Arkadiusz MULARCZYK, Poland, EC/DA ; Ms Mirosława NYKIEL, Poland, EPP/CD ; Ms Yuliia OVCHYNNYKOVA, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Catarina ROCHA FERREIRA, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr Serhii SOBOLIEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Katarzyna SÓJKA, Poland, EC/DA ; Ms Diana STOICA, Romania, ALDE ; Ms Lesia VASYLENKO, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Yelyzaveta YASKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD

We, the undersigned, declare the following:

On 26 April 2023, the world will mark the 37th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. The Chernobyl disaster resulted in the explosion of a reactor containing about 200 tonnes of nuclear fuel. Ukraine and the world have made titanic efforts to overcome the consequences of this unprecedented disaster. We honour the memory of the heroes who saved humanity from a global nuclear catastrophe at the cost of their lives and health.

However, nuclear safety in the world has been called into question once again. By seizing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and continuing to occupy the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the Russian Federation has deliberately violated existing nuclear and radiation safety standards and put the world on the brink of a new nuclear disaster. This danger is still real due to the indiscriminate rocket attacks and bombing carried out by the aggressor country on the territory of Ukraine.

The latest statements of the Russian Federation about its intention to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus are another provocative step of the criminal Putin regime, undermining the principles of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the nuclear disarmament architecture and the international security system as a whole.

We call on all member States of the Council of Europe and their leadership to step up their efforts to improve nuclear safety in Europe and the world, and to achieve joint success with international partners in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and preventing new nuclear accidents.