An investigation into the cooperation between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany concerning the nuclear power plants in the border areas
This report outlines an investigation conducted to better understand the manner in which the Netherlands and Belgium and the Netherlands and Germany cooperate to limit the risks involved in the production of nuclear energy in border areas. In particular, the investigation focused on cross-border cooperation with regard to licensing, supervision and crisis management. The Dutch Safety Board also investigated how the public are informed about licensing procedures, incidents at nuclear power plants and the measures that need to be taken in response to a nuclear accident.
The Dutch Safety Board’s investigation reveals that the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Netherlands and Germany, cooperate well in a number of areas, but that there is room for improvement in others. The Dutch Safety Board makes two recommendations to improve cross-border cooperation with regard to crisis management. The first recommendation focuses on improving joint preparations for the eventuality of a nuclear crisis. The second recommendation focuses on optimising the decision-making process in the event of a nuclear crisis.