Expatica news

‘Incompetent’ nuclear watchdog chief quits

31 January 2006

BRUSSELS — The chief of the federal nuclear watchdog FANC-AFCN has resigned, citing a lack of confidence in him from the board of management.

Jean-Paul Samain tendered his resignation to the Belgian government on Friday, French-language newspaper ‘Le Soir’ and public broadcaster RTBF reported on Tuesday.

An audit at the end of last year had indicated that the board of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Inspection (FANC-AFCN) was not capable of adequately governing the authority.
The report said Samain was a weak director without any influence and stressed that the FANC-AFCN was not operating properly. Concerns over nuclear safety were subsequently raised.
In response to the audit, the board of the nuclear watchdog was sacked, but Samain was allowed to remain in an advisory role with salary retention.

The FANC-AFCN supervises all of Belgium’s nuclear operations and grants permits for nuclear transports.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news