Germany and Austria have blocked a plan supported by several European Union countries, to establish criteria for security protocols in case of nuclear reactors, requiring more serious stress tests conducted by independent experts.
The radiation emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, caused by the earthquake in March, European governments have tried to establish new safety standards, but failed to reach a consensus.
Estimates for the financial performance of European nuclear power plants dropped substantially, especially in Germany, where the state has taken harsh measures to prevent, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have demonstrated how these plants are vulnerable to natural disasters.
Minister of Environment of Austria Niki Berlakovich, demanded strict and comprehensive stress testing.
In facing these issues stress test procedures, European Commission officials said that negotiations should continue, as it could not reach an agreement.
Both Austria and Germany want the stress tests (inspection of safety systems) to include checks to determine if the reactors could face terrorist attacks. But these tests would be extremely expensive for companies that manage nuclear utilities.
European Commission officials said they would prefer to be included tests to measure risk in case of aircraft crash.
According to an official Czech, United Kingdom Germans oppose the request to include the risk of terrorist attacks, the European Union refused to grant authority on British security issues.