Czechia urges EU to award nuclear energy ‘enabling’ status

Nuclear power station Dukovany, near Trebic, Czech Republic. [EPA-EFE / FILIP SINGER]

The Czech parliament issued a resolution calling for EU support on nuclear energy, stressing that “nuclear power must be fully recognised as part of the solution to the low-carbon economy” and “as a tool enabling the low-carbon transformation of the economy.”

“It cannot be assessed as a temporary category only, but must be viewed as a tool enabling the low-carbon transformation of the economy and making it socially sustainable in the long run,” the resolution adopted on Tuesday reads.

It also states that Czechia wants to use natural gas as a temporary source of energy.

According to Czech lawmakers, nuclear energy is the only way to achieve Czech climate commitments. The resolution was proposed by members of the future five-party governing coalition led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS, ECR)

The Senate, parliament’s upper chamber, is set to pass the same resolution on Wednesday.

Czech lawmakers are to issue their reports ahead of Thursday’s European Council meeting in Brussels. It will be the last summit for outgoing Czech PM Andrej Babiš. According to Babiš, the resolution is pushing an already open door as the status of nuclear energy and gas has already been solved.

“The resolution you have proposed is fulfilled,” Babiš told Czech lawmakers. The European Commission will unveil its plan for nuclear and gas energy on 22 December under the EU Green Taxonomy classification.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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