The European Commission has allocated some €110 million ($156 million) to projects aimed at making the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine stable and environmentally safe by 2015. The funds will also support efforts to give affected families access to quality health services.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced the pledge at a high-level pledging conference held in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 19, which marks the 25th year since the Chernobyl nuclear facility’s meltdown.
“The recent accident at Fukushima in Japan shows that nuclear safety remains a critical issue. The EU will continue to work steadfastly in its citizens’ best interests, making nuclear sites safe and preventing accidents. Today’s pledge is a big step forward in helping to meet the funding shortfall, and sends a clear signal that the Commission is committed to doing all it can to ensure that Chernobyl is made safe, both for the local people and the environment,” Piebalgs said in a news release.
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