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Euratom at the Crossroads

Anna Södersten

This book addresses the contentious debate surrounding the future of the European Atomic Energy Community Treaty (Euratom), one of the European Union’s founding treaties. Arguing that it has remained at a ‘crossroads’ since its adoption in 1957, Anna Södersten explores the issue of whether the treaty should be kept separate from the EU, or be brought within its framework.
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Chapter 7: Radiation protection

Anna Södersten


Chapter 7 considers the Euratom competence in ‘radiation protection’, which is about the protection of workers and the general public. The focus of this chapter is on the relationship between radiation protection and other policy areas within the competence of the EU, for example environmental protection, work safety and public health. These are policy areas where the original EEC Treaty did not have competence. But with each treaty revision, the EU’s legislative competence has expanded. This expansion makes the Euratom Treaty increasingly redundant; as the chapter demonstrates, many activities dealt with by the Euratom in this area could also be dealt with under the competence of the EU Treaties.

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