Diplomatic Conference of the Convention on Nuclear Safety: ASN considers the outcome does not live up to the safety issues at stake after the Fukushima Daiichi accident and will keep on promoting the highest safety standards.
The Fukushima Daiichi accident, which occurred in March 2011, has driven the States to consider reinforcing the dispositions of the Convention on Nuclear Safety1, adopted after the Chernobyl accident.
ASN observes that the conclusions of the Diplomatic Conference, held in Vienna on Monday 9 February, are limited to a non-binding political statement which does not strengthen the legal obligations of the signatory States.
The general objectives of Nuclear safety of the Convention remain below the legally-binding dispositions of the European directive on Nuclear Safety revised in 20142. This situation might lead to a two-tier nuclear safety in the world, which would eventually be detrimental to all the countries. Anyway, the outcome of the negotiations does not live up to the issues at stake, recalled by the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
ASN will keep on promoting the highest safety standards at the international level.
Consult the "Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety" on IAEA website
1. After the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the IAEA Contracting Parties were willing to reinforce nuclear safety through the implementation of international treaties, among which is the Convention on Nuclear Safety. The Convention, entered into force in 1996, was ratified on the 1st of February 2014 by 77 States including all the countries in which civil nuclear power plants operate.