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The German-Belgian Nuclear Commission has convened for the first time. The meeting of experts from German and Belgian nuclear supervisory authorities is a key element of the German-Belgian Nuclear Agreement signed by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon at the end of 2016. One of the meeting’s focal areas is nuclear safety. more

For the first time since the 2011 decision to phase out nuclear power in Germany, a nuclear power plant (NPP) has been granted a licence for decommissioning and dismantling. Work on NPP Isar 1 can now get underway. Phase 1 of dismantling will be completed by 2023, phase 2 by 2026. The NPP site is only expected to be released from the scope of application of the Atomic Energy Act in around 2040. more

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At the International Conference on Nuclear Security on 5 December, the German government pressed for the global strengthening of protection against terrorist attacks with nuclear material. Since broadening the scope of the International Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, the next step must be to establish an internationally binding framework for other radioactive materials as well. more

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Upon the completion of the New Safe Confinement for the destroyed reactor block 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Barbara Hendricks called the confinement a sombre reminder of the incalculable consequences of nuclear disaster. The architects, engineers and builders involved deserve respect for their unparalleled technical achievement. Nonetheless, the new structure does not solve all of Chernobyl's problems. more

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Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks concluded her tour of Japan by visiting the site of the Fukushima nuclear power plant to learn more about the consequences of the nuclear disaster. Earlier, she had taken part in the G7 meeting in Toyama and held bilateral meetings with the Tamayo Marukawa, Minister of the Environment, and Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Construction. more