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17 Mar 2016

Iryna Holovko, CEE Bankwatch Network

EU support to Ukraine’s outdated nuclear reactors puts communities at risk, says local NGO

"Europe's false solutions for Ukraine's energy woes", 9 March 2016

European decision makers had good intentions, but in their efforts to help ensure Ukraine's energy security...they have been continuously overlooking the far reaching implications of perpetuating the country's dependence on outdated nuclear power...The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Euratom – each extended EUR 300 million in loans for improving the safety of Ukraine's 12 nuclear energy units – had also practically acknowledged, that in their current condition, these Soviet-era nuclear reactors are a serious risk for both Ukraine and its neighbours. Over the next four years these ageing nuclear reactors will reach the end of their original lifespan, but the government...is...keen...to use the EU's financial support to keep them going for at least ten extra years...Keeping these outdated nuclear reactors at once condemns Ukraine to decades of unsustainable energy, and jeopardises the safety of both Ukrainians and their neighbours.