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Common European nuclear safety standards paramount says EU Commissioner

The EU energy commissioner yesterday said formulating a common European doctrine on nuclear safety is his primary responsibility.

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said the work of the European High Level Group (HLG) on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management would make a 'vital contribution' to setting common standards.

Speaking yesterday he said: "Citizens main concerns in the field of nuclear energy are nuclear safety and the radioactive waste management. The Commission's foremost priorities in the field aim at addressing these concerns."

"It is essential that the member's of the HLG agree on common principles governing nuclear safety, which will ensure a solid basis for the Group's future activities," he continued.

The commissioner met with the chairman of the HLG on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management, Andrej Stritar, to discuss identifying areas where common legislation would improve safety and raise public confidence.

The HLG on Nuclear Safety and Waste Management was formed in July 2007 to address safety issues at nuclear installations including the responsible disposal of radioactive waste.

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