The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) reviewed the European Union Stress Test in Belarus on July 3.

In a statement, the European Commission said it welcomes the completion of this work, which was conducted by a team of 17 global experts. It said the report confirms the adequacy of nuclear safety features as established by the national safety regulator at the time of the license in 2014. It also identifies a number of safety features developed since then. In addition, it makes recommendations requiring thorough follow up and continued implementation measures.

The report makes, in particular, an in depth assessment of the plant in relation to earthquakes, flooding and other extreme weather events (loss of electrical power and ultimate heat sink, as well as severe accident management).

The Commission called on the Belarusian authorities to develop a National Action Plan, to ensure timely implementation of all safety improvement measures in accordance with their safety significance.

Brussels expressed its willingness to participate in the review of the implementation of the respective measures of the Action Plan, which will be subject to a future independent review. This was done by all EU and non-EU countries which voluntarily participated to the stress test process since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.