Documents considered by the Committee on 12 September 2018 Contents

4European Instrument for Nuclear Safety

Committee’s assessment

Politically important

Committee’s decision

Not cleared from scrutiny; further information requested

Document details

Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty

Legal base

Article 203, Euratom; QMV

Department

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Document Number

(39908), 10226/18 + ADD 1, COM(18) 462

Summary and Committee’s conclusions

4.1This new European Instrument for Nuclear Safety forms part of the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021–27. Its objective is to promote the establishment of effective and efficient nuclear safety standards in third countries. It complements the much broader Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), on which we are reporting separately.

4.2The Regulation—which falls outside the NDICI as nuclear activities require a Euratom57 legal base—should aim particularly at:

4.3The proposed budget for the instrument over the period 2021–27 is €300 million (£265 million).

4.4In his Explanatory Memorandum (EM), the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Richard Harrington) says that the UK’s future position on this funding package is being considered as part of the wider Brexit negotiations. He observes that a recent evaluation of the current Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation has shown the Instrument’s added value and relevance.

4.5As set out in our separate chapter on the NDICI, however, the Government has been clear that it would be “open to participation in EU external spending programmes and instruments” as a non-Member State, which could involve the UK making a financial contribution in return for “an appropriate role in the relevant decision-making mechanisms” and as long as UK organisations were “eligible to deliver EU programmes and receive funding”.58 Like the NDICI, the nuclear safety instrument makes no provision for a third country contribution.

4.6We note that the Government is undecided on future UK participation in this programme, but that the Government has previously indicated a willingness to participate in external funding programmes. We seek clarification within four weeks on:

4.7The document remains under scrutiny.

Full details of the documents

Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty: (39908), 10226/18 + ADD 1, COM(18) 462.

Previous Committee Reports

None.


57 Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community

58 Department for Exiting the EU, “Framework for the UK-EU Security Partnership“ (May 2018), p. 33.




Published: 18 September 2018