Ukraine – 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (April 26, 2016)

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The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster today reminds us of the importance of ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities.

France has not forgotten all the victims of this tragedy and reaffirms its solidarity with those who are still suffering from its consequences today.

France has long been committed, alongside its G7 partners, to ensuring the safety of the Chernobyl site. Our country is the second largest donor, having contributed a total of €178.2 million. The construction of a confinement arch to seal the damaged Chernobyl reactor is notably being carried out by a consortium consisting of two French groups from the construction industry – Bouygues and Vinci. In this context, we welcome the agreement reached yesterday in Kiev by international donors to provide additional funding for the construction of a facility to process and store spent fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.