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The United Nations' climate talks this year can be a moment where the world comes together to ramp up momentum towards a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy, COP26 President Designate Alok Sharma told UN Member States at the organisation's headquarters in New York on 6 March. Sharma, who is also the UK secretary of state for business, said it was time to "send out a message of ambition and hope, that decarbonisation is the future, with huge opportunities for those who are willing to act now" and that the transition to a zero-carbon economy must be "fair and inclusive".

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COP26-president-presents-opportunities-from-low-ca

EDF has disconnected France's longest serving nuclear power unit -  Fessenheim 1 - from the electricity grid, thus ending the reactor's 42 years of low-carbon electricity production. The unit was removed from the network at 2am on 22 February, as scheduled. The utility said the primary circuit cooling operations had been initiated to open the reactor vessel and unload its fuel. Unit 2 is scheduled for closure on 30 June.

Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Frances-oldest-reactor-ends-power-generation

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday that the two-unit Fessenheim nuclear plant will be shut down at the end of June, with unit 1 set to close on 22 February.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfessenheim-to-close-as-flamanville-3-completes-hot-testing-7782306

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today officially launched the next UN climate summit, joined by David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and natural historian, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at an event in central London. Johnson called on all nations to follow the lead the UK took last year in becoming the first country to make a legal commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-launches-COP26-with-co-hosts-Italy

The first shipment of 162 drums containing radioactive resins and sludge from the Caorso nuclear plant left Italy for treatment at the Bohunice treatment and conditioning plant in Slovakia on 28 January.  

Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsitaly-ships-radwaste-for-treatment-in-slovakia-7753814

Italian companies ENEA and Eni have announced that they will work together in a strategic alliance on a €600 million ($665m) project to establish a scientific and technological centre for fusion - Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT) in ENEA’s Research Centre in Frascati (Rome).

Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsitalian-companies-support-dtt-fusion-project-7753786

A 2005 file photo of the Caorso nuclear station in northern Italy. Simone Ramella/Wikipedia. The first of 33 scheduled transports aimed at moving about 5,600 drums of radioactive resin and sludge from the Caorso nuclear power plant in northern Italy has left for a facility near the Bohunice nuclear station in Slovakia for treatment and conditioning, Italy’s state-owned nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management company.

This is the second and final phase of the transfer programme, which is costing €37m and is expected to end in 2022. The waste is being shipped to Bohunice because Slovakian specialist nuclear company Javys won a public tender, Sogin said in an email.

At the end of the process, the final products will return to Caorso and will be stored in interim onsite storage, ready to be moved to a national repository.

Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/caorso-radioactive-waste-shipped-to-slovakia-for-treatment-1-4-2020

The first of 33 scheduled transports aimed at moving about 5600 drums of radioactive resins and sludge departed from Italy's shut down Caorso nuclear power plant on 28 January en route to the Bohunice plant in Slovakia for their treatment and conditioning. All the drums in this second phase of shipments are expected to be transported by 2022.

Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-phase-of-shipments-of-Italian-waste-to-Slov

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

Slovenske Elektrarne, the owner and operator of unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant in Slovakia, has shown a commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancements at the 471 MWe VVER unit, which is due to start up next year.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reviews-pre-operational-safety-at-Slovakian-u