Sector Crisis management and relief

Cooperation on nuclear safety


The Netherlands needs to improve cooperation with Belgium and Germany to be properly prepared for a nuclear accident with cross-border consequences. The Dutch Safety Board comes to this conclusion in its report entitled “Cooperation on Nuclear Safety” which was published today. In addition to improving the crisis plans, the countries need to conduct more joint exercises , and arrange both the mutual coordination of the measures to be taken and the communication in this regard. The Dutch Safety Board takes a positive view of the cooperation between the countries aimed at preventing a nuclear accident occurring. However, the Board does believe that the competent authorities must pay greater attention to society’s concerns and must improve the provision of information to citizens.


  • Start date 15 jun. 2016
  • End date 31 jan. 2018
  • Type investigationFull
  • Status investigationClosed


  • The Dutch Safety Board is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with neighbouring countries to prevent and contain incidents with cross-border consequences at nuclear power stations. Border-region residents have been expressing concerns for some time now in the wake of several such incidents. Factors that the Safety Board will be investigating include how the Netherlands and Belgium engage each other in decisions about and supervision over power stations, which information is shared between them and joint precautions the countries are taking in the event of an accident.
    The investigation's main initial focus will be on the exchange of information relating to the three nuclear power stations in the Dutch-Belgian border region, namely: Borssele in the Netherlands and Doel and Tihange in Belgium. Other nuclear stations in border areas may also be included if relevant. The Dutch Safety Board will be assessing whether the Netherlands is making all possible efforts in coordination with neighbouring countries to prevent and, if necessary, contain, incidents with cross-border consequences.
    Responsibility for the screening and safety of nuclear power stations rests with the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) in the Netherlands, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) in Belgium and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. This investigation will therefore explicitly not be concerned with the safety of these nuclear stations as such.

    See the press release here in pdf.

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