According to its own statements, the federal government is critical of the extension of the service life of nuclear power plants, but it cannot prevent this from happening in foreign nuclear power plants. In the answer in response to a small question from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group she declares that in such cases she strongly advocates carrying out at least cross-border environmental impact assessments (EIA) and thus creating more transparency and opportunities for participation for the neighboring population. As part of the Espoo Convention, the German government is working in an ad hoc working group under the German-British co-chairmanship to carry out cross-border environmental impact assessments, the answer continues. It is planned to present a guideline on the applicability of the Espoo Convention to term extensions for a decision at the Conference of the Parties to Espoo in December 2020. As can also be seen from the answer, a total of 53 nuclear power plants in the EU as well as Switzerland, Ukraine and Armenia have exceeded the service life scheduled for their commissioning.
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