We want to put an end to a political regime of exception, which favors nuclear energy and hinders the development of renewable energies
December 13th, 2018
To Mr President of the French Republic,
The European Atomic Energy Community, or EURATOM, was established through a treaty signed in 1957 by the six member-countries of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). As set in Article 1, its mission is very clear. It aims at promoting the development of nuclear industry in Europe.
The ECSC was dissolved in 2002 and integrated into the European Community but, 60 years after its creation, the EURATOM treaty continues to exist outside the European Union. Maintaining such a privilege in favor of nuclear energy is as anachronistic as it is abnormal.
While EURATOM is responsible for developing powerful nuclear industries in Europe, it also sets the standards of protection against the dangers of radioactivity. The conflict of interest is blatant at the expense of the population protection.
EURATOM also constitutes a major obstacle to the development of renewable energies: by draining a considerable amount of financial aid, its existence restricts the necessary investments in the future solutions that are to be developed to preserve the future generations.
Such observations have led us to ask you, as President of the French Republic and as a member of the EURATOM Commission, to come forward as of 2019 to prepare for the termination of the treaty establishing the European Energy Community Atomic EURATOM.
published on 17 May
16 198 signatures were delivered at the Palais de l'Elysée !
Christine Hasse (RECH) and Didier Glatigny (CRIIRAD) have deposited on May 14, 2019 the signatures of our petition "Abrogation of the Euratom Treaty" at the Palais de l'Elysée.
In the end, 16,198 signatures were delivered!
Thank you to everyone who has broadcast, spoken, signed and helped to make the petition signed!
published on 30 April
12 questions to the candidates for the European elections 2019 !
Being an eminently European subject, it seems essential to us to know the point of view of the candidates for the European election about the Euratom Treaty and the European standards for radioactivity. This is how we send them a letter with 12 questions. A response has been requested for May 17 and we will publish a summary of these responses before May 26, 2019, date of the European election in France.
published on 5 April
Deposit of the signed petitions at the Palais de l'Elysée on May 14th, 2019 !
Our two associations have decided to deposit the signed petitions at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris, on May 14, 2019. On this occasion, you will be able to meet Christine Hasse, president of the association RECH and Didier Glatigny president of the CRIIRAD. We will communicate the meeting details a few days before this date.
As of April 4, 2019, more than 11,000 signatures were collected online, and 3,400 in paper form, or 14,400 signatures in total. With your help, we can reach and even exceed 15,000 signatures !
Thank you, therefore, for continuing to sign and have the petition signed until May 10, 2019, on which we will proceed to the final count. Thank you also for ensuring that signed paper versions arrive at our premises before this date (May 10) so that we can integrate them into the final count.
The RECH and CRIIRAD teams.
Signed in 1957 and still in force, the EURATOM Treaty is
A PRO-NUCLEAR treaty
Article 1 of the Treaty establishes the EURATOM EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY, whose mission is to "contribute to the raising of the standard of living" in the member states by creating the "conditions necessary for the rapid formation and growth of nuclear industries".
Article 2 of the Treaty lists all that EURATOM must do to fulfill its mission: "to develop research and to disseminate technical knowledge"; "facilitate investments"; "ensure the supply (...) of ores and nuclear fuels"; "to secure broad outlets and access to the best technical means (...)", etc.
An OBSOLETE treaty
The EURATOM treaty was built on the idea that nuclear energy would bring prosperity: nuclear power had to be safe, clean and cheap.
It was already questionable at the time: 1957 was indeed the year of the Windscale accident, in England, and the Mayak catastrophe of, in the USSR. It is no longer acceptable in 2018, after Chernobyl and Fukushima, after the hundreds of millions of tonnes of radioactive waste bequeathed to future generations.
A tragic TRAP for our HEALTH
The standards of protection of the population and workers against the dangers of radioactivity are established within the framework of EURATOM while its basic mission is to develop the nuclear industry! Because of this major conflict of interest, trade-offs between economic and health interests have been, and continue to be, at the expense of our health. What would be said of a treaty establishing a European pesticide community, called "EUROPEST", which would be entrusted with defining the protection standards for Monsanto or Bayer products?
A MAJOR RISK for our environment
In normal operation, we already have radioactive waste, radioactive, chemical and thermal releases into the atmosphere, watercourses and oceans, and the recycling of contaminated metals and rubble without the knowledge of consumers.
In the event of a major nuclear accident, the life of every European citizen would be affected, millions of citizens could lose everything, hundreds of thousands of square kilometers would become uninhabitable and unfit for any culture.
A treaty that makes OBSTACLE to RENEWABLE ENERGIES
By reserving preferential treatment to nuclear energy, by exempting the nuclear industry from the application of the polluter pays principle, the treaty creates distortions of competition.
By monopolizing aid and subsidies, nuclear energy dramatically reduces the money available for energy efficiency, thermal renovation and renewable energies
An ANTI-DEMOCRATIC treaty
Euratom derogates from the normal operation of the European Union. The European Parliament has only an advisory role, not to say figurative, while the decisions taken are essential for the future of the environment and the health of all. The European citizens' initiative, which allows 1 million citizens to call on the European Commission to legislate, does not apply to Euratom and therefore to nuclear power. In addition, vital decisions for our future are based on the work of anonymous experts who do not report to anyone, even when their work is full of errors.
The CRIIRAD - Commission for Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity - was born in May 1986, in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, at the initiative of a group of citizens revolted by official lies and who wanted to know the truth on the actual contamination of the French territory. CRIIRAD is a NGO (association). It owns a laboratory dedicated to radioactivity analysis.
Independant of the State, of the nuclear industry operators and of any political party, the CRIIRAD exists thanks to the moral and financial support of some thousands of members. It conducts its own investigations, informs the public and the media. If necessary, it appeals to officials and public authorities, initiates lawsuits and contributes to changing the regulations in force. The CRIIRAD is managed by 13 administrators and employs 13 staff. Currently, Didier Glatigny chairs the Administration Council.
RECH - "REaction en Chaîne Humaine" is a french law 1901 association, independent of any economic, political and religious power. We are citizens of the Rhone Valley (region of the world with 14 reactors), Alsace, Paris, Vaucluse. We are now acting at the national level. We managed to organize small human chains to prepare the great human chain of March 11, 2012 between Lyon and Avignon which gathered 60.000 people. During the organization of this event, various national NGOs and GREENPEACE have joined us in the path, helping us to accelerate the preparation of this day. The creation of the REaction en Chaîne Humaine association seemed necessary to develop a new citizen spirit towards the evolution of a more direct democracy.