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EU council calls for possible measures on electricity imports from nuclear plants

The European Council has asked the European Commission to investigate possible measures preventing commercial electricity imports from third countries’ nuclear facilities that do not fulfil EU recognised safety levels.

The move comes in relation to the new Belarusian nuclear power station near Ostrovets, where two Russia-supplied plants are nearing completion. Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is the general contractor for both plants and the cost of the two units, largely funded by a loan from Moscow, has been reported as $11bn (€9.3bn).

The decision was announced on Friday following a meeting of the Council in Brussels that also discussed issues including climate change, Covid-19 and security issues.