First quarter of 1999
of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after the first round of the
nuclear consensus talks, transmitted by the Secretariat of the Chancellor
on 26 January 1999
Translated by WISE-Paris, 27 January 1999
"I give you five brief points on which we reached an agreement and which
have to be worked out further by a working group. We have also agreed
on holding our next talks in the first half of March.
In respect of the five points:
The aim of an orderly termination of the use of nuclear energy is accepted
by the electricity utilities which have conceded the primacy of politics.
I have to convey this here. Mr Timm is certainly going to comment on
Until we have reached the aim on the basis of a consensus arrangement
on remaining operational periods (Restlaufzeiten), the operation of
existing plants has to be secured. It is important for me to make clear
here that the point is to fix the remaining operational periods on the
basis of a consensus arrangement.
The reprocessing ban is accepted by the electricity utilities. However,
it can only be realised without indemnity if, until the ban comes into
force, the interim storage at the nuclear plant sites for the period
of remaining operational periods, which remain to be negotiated, has
been technically put into effect as a spent fuel management option and
authorised - as far as the Federal Government can influence it - so
that, for example, third party objections can be addressed through order
of immediate implementation [of the plan] so that construction can be
started. Thus we want to get this new spent fuel management scheme underway
as soon as possible. That is meant by the expression 'court-proof',
as far as we have influence on it.
After putting into effect this spent fuel management scheme, the energy
utilities are going to make use of all contractually foreseen possibilities
towards their international partners, especially in France and in the
United Kingdom, to come to an end of reprocessing. This is important
to us also because of the international implications. We want to carry
out this aspect too together with the energy utilities.
The details are going to be agreed upon now and will be further dealt
with, and coordinated, in the working group. Then they will be available
to us at the beginning of March. (That is) obviously the main issue
for the utilities. The period necessary to end reprocessing will be
adapted correspondingly. This applies naturally to the amendment to
the nuclear law which we present. We simply have to see here that there
is a close correlation between the objective possibility of ending reprocessing
and creating interim storage facilities at the nuclear power plants
so that these installations can be operated during the remaining operational
periods, still to be [fully] negotiated."