EU Lacks Common Nuclear Policy

From Press TV

Currently, and in near future – nuclear energy has NO tangible alternative. That message was delivered on an international forum in Sofia. Delegates discussed the contradiction between the increase of energy demand by the population and the decrease of nuclear powers in some EU states.

This way, EU countries like Austria don’t have a single nuclear plant – while others, like France, derive nearly 80% of their energy from nuclear power. In Bulgaria – this share is over 35%, and demand is growing. But the ruling conservative party has made a controversial decision to abandon the construction of new reactors due to price concerns.

In EU alone, this is an industry worth some 70 billion euros annually – which maintains about 900 000 jobs, says the head of the European Atomic Forum, or FORATOM – the largest trade association for the nuclear industry in Europe.

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