The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in 1986 shocked the western authorities into creating fast communications for emergencies. ECURIE was founded in the following year — the European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange system. When activated, ECURIE notifies the national authorities – both EU, Croatian and Swiss. It is on watch around the clock in Brussels.
Slovenia’s alert raised its profile. Ferrán Tarradellas, EC energy spokesman: “The ECURIE system was established in 1987 to provide information to member states in case of nuclear incidents. The system is used voluntarily by member states unless they have to take measures of a widespread nature in order to protect the general public in case of an emergency and in this case it is compulsory that they give this information.” The Krsko nuclear plant in Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia, is jointly owned by them, and was built in cooperation with the multi-national Westinghouse Electric Corporation. It has been far less controversial than the Ignalina plant.
Ignalina, in Lithuania, was designed much like Chernobyl’s, and was mostly shut down in 2004, as a condition for the country joining the EU.
ECURIE - Europe's little-known nuclear incident warning system