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To achieve a progressive harmonization of safety requirements and criteria in order to provide an equivalent and satisfactory degree of protection of the population and of the environment against the risks of radiation resulting from nuclear activities and, at the same time, to assist in the development of trade at Community level by aligning safety requirements.


Effective collaboration at Community level is requested of Member States, licensing authorities, safety and inspection bodies, operators and constructors of nuclear plant and applied research agencies.

Community efforts to coordinate applied research programmes should be strengthened in order to make the best use of the technical and financial resources available in the Community and the Member States while avoiding, so far as possible, unnecessary duplication.

Since nuclear problems extend beyond the frontiers not only of Member States but of the Community as a whole, the Commission should act as a catalyst for initiatives on a broader international plan.

In this connection, Member States are requested to seek common positions on any problems concerning the harmonization of requirements and criteria and the coordination of research into nuclear safety being dealt with by international organizations.

Member States are also requested to notify the Commission of any draft laws, regulations or provisions of similar scope concerning the safety of nuclear installations.

Both the Commission and the Member States are requested to strengthen their efforts to ensure that the public is given the best possible information about national and Community action in the field of nuclear safety.


- Increasing the systematic exchange of information;
- Promoting concerted action and cooperation between specialized bodies and institutes;
- Stimulating, where appropriate, the development of Community programmes;
- Striving for the gradual elimination of differences in technological codes and standards;
- In the light of the state of industrial development of the respective families of high-power nuclear reactors, listing and comparing the requirements and criteria applied and drawing up a balance sheet of similarities and dissimilarities.


This Council Resolution is implemented by the Commission, which gives scientific and technical support to groups of nuclear plant safety experts from the Member States and also commissions studies and awards research contracts (codes and standards for fast-breeder reactors).

The Commission is requested to draw up annual progress reports.
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