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This brochure presents the broad approach and outcomes of nuclear reactor safety research (NRS) undertaken in the Euratom Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) between 1998 and 2002. Although supported by the European Commission (EC), NRS in FP5 was driven by the clear research priorities identified by the wider European nuclear sector, including the electricity generation and distribution utilities, safety authorities, engineering companies and manufacturers, research establishments and academia. In addition, these identified research needs took into account the interests of stakeholders in the Associate Countries and in international organisations. These research priorities arise from economic growth scenarios that will drive the supply and demand for energy for the coming decades. A further factor shaping priorities is security of energy supply. The Member States and the European Union are implementing policies in line with the Green Paper1 recommendations to increase the security of energy supplies through diversification of energy supply and the use of indigenous primary sources.
Electricity demand within Europe is satisfied through a mix of generation sources that include fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies and nuclear power. Demand for power within the European Union will increase, not only to meet the needs of future economic expansion, but also through enlargement to the EU-25. The relative mix of European energy generation sources depends upon economic and socio-political pressures as well as agreed world-energy protocols. As a consequence, all sources must ensure that they benefit the EU at large by remaining safe, efficient and economic as well as meeting sustainability, security and environmental criteria. Although the designs of nuclear power plants in the EU-15 have an enviable record for safety, the research presented here reflects a policy of continuous vigilance to ensure that they remain safe.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21030 EN (2004), 65pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21-030-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-7818-7
Record Number: 200417745 / Last updated on: 2004-10-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en