PM tells Nuclear Energy Forum: keep stress tests apolitical

Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas told a two-day Nuclear Energy Forum in Prague that stress tests at European nuclear plants should be a purely technical and free of politics. He said the accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan should be rationally assessed and measures raising safety standards at nuclear plants in the EU should be adopted on the basis of that assessment. Talks about stress tests at European nuclear plants became deadlocked after Germany, Austria and the European Commission asked for parallel tests on resistance towards natural disasters and terror attacks. The other 25 EU member countries want to separate the two types of tests as regulators insist there is no way for them to assess terrorism threats. Prime Minister Nečas said protecting people against terrorism was "the utmost interest of every national government" adding that such tests were part of security analyses at any industrial plant.