Ukraine Will Join Next G20 Meeting to Share its Expertise in Energy Security

April 20, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Prime Minister of

France Francois Fillon invited Ukraine to participate in the next meeting of
G20 on nuclear security issues, scheduled for May 2011 in Paris. “I
appreciate your offer to make Ukraine’s experience in [nuclear security]
serve this cause” – highlighted Francois Fillon at the meeting with Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovych.

The French Prime Minister reiterated that international community has to
make some conclusions after the events at the Chernobyl and Fukushima NPPs.
“First of all, we need to review the security technologies that are being
used today with nuclear power equipment,” he said.

The French Premier added that his country supports the initiative of
establishing a joint system of nuclear security, “We believe it is
appropriate to discuss the issue of introduction of a new, common system of
quick response to emergencies, so that we are able to join our efforts to
address these issues,” he said.

Ukraine has accumulated a unique experience in many aspects of nuclear
safety, particularly in the emergency response in case of large-scale nuclear
accident. Ukrainian nuclear power plants have gone through a meticulous
modernization of power units, increasing their safety. For the first time
ever a unique comprehensive safety assessment of all nuclear power units in
the whole country has been conducted through the EU-Ukraine-IAEA joint
project in Ukraine. As a result, IAEA experts and the EU have established
compliance of all units of Ukrainian nuclear power plants with modern
requirements of the IAEA’s nuclear security measures.

Moreover, Ukraine has recently introduced a series of systematic measures
to improve the security of its nuclear plants. These measures include the
introduction of new technologies while disposing of nuclear waste,
decommissioning of Chernobyl NPP, socio-economic recovery of affected areas,
following modern requirements on seismic stability, and providing the State
Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine, the country’s main watchdog in
nuclear energy, with an independent status on the legislation level.

In addition, Francois Fillon said that France supports Ukraine in solving
Chernobyl related problems. “We want to express solidarity with the people of
Ukraine, the Ukrainian government in addressing issues related to the
construction of a new sarcophagus over the destroyed reactor in Chernobyl”
summed up the French Prime Minister.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine

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