A Brussels-Luxembourgish solution for Iranian nuclear power. The Euratom Option

fish(B2) A last-minute compromise solution could be considered in Lausanne as part of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. The High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, who is leading the discussions, is said to have proposed moving part of the disputed Iranian fuel stock to a European Union country. According to information which has reached us, from European diplomats stationed in Tehran, it is the Euratom agency – placed under the responsibility of the European Commission – which has, under the Euratom Treaty, a “ exclusive right to conclude contracts for the supply of special fissile materials from within or outside the Community ».

Crisis meeting at the Berlaymont

Two options are being considered: the stock could be placed in a space left available in Brussels, by the work carried out to create the Schuman-Josaphat RER connection, between the new headquarters of the European Council and the Berlaymont, the current European Commission, occupying part of the civil servants' parking lot. Another solution would be to base the stock in Luxembourg, within the Euratom agency. Both options could be used if necessary. An emergency meeting is currently being held in one of the European buildings on the Schuman roundabout, in a room specially equipped to provide a video conference link with the Hotel Beau-Rivage, around the President of the Commission and the main commissioners concerned. The early weekend departure of most civil servants facilitates discretion. However, its outcome is not expected before 23/24 hours. A dinner break is planned.

Adaptation work would begin on Sunday

In the event of a positive decision, the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, and his compatriot and predecessor, the current President of the European Commission, JC Juncker (if his kidney stones allow him) could join the Swiss city to present this solution. If it is accepted, the adaptation work could begin this Sunday. The work on the Brussels RER would, however, be delayed by several months. On the financing side, the solution proposed by European diplomats is to pledge part of Iranian oil exports, released as a result of the agreement, to finance the transport and storage of nuclear materials.


April 1, 2015 (for those who have forgotten)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).