Turkey’s nuclear safety should be in line with the Euratom Treaty and secondary legislation, vice-president of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic told Anadolu Agency.
“The European Commission is aware of the Akkuyu nuclear plant project. It is not for the European Commission to take a position on the suitability of the construction of a nuclear plant in Akkuyu, but the Commission is assessing the nuclear stress test assessment report prepared by Turkey which also covers seismic issues,” Sefcovic said.
All EU member states have their sovereign right to decide on their national energy mix, but added this must be in line with EU law, he emphasised. “Our policy in the nuclear area aims to ensure that member states using nuclear energy comply with the highest safety standards, radiological protection and waste management,” Sefcovic explained and added that Turkey was expected to align its legislation with the EU’s Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive with respect to trans-boundary issues.