Turkey is planning to build a nuclear power station at ??neada, a small town close to the Bulgarian border on the Black Sea coast. No official Bulgarian reaction has yet been recorded, but Internet forums were overwhelmed with alarmed messages regarding the possible consequences of the decision.
The European Commission will table legislative proposals on the treatment of nuclear waste by the year's end, its president José Manuel Barroso announced yesterday (8 March) during a major OECD-hosted conference on civil nuclear power in Paris.
The UK will be able to forge ahead with plans to replace its aging nuclear power stations after state-controlled French energy group EDF and British Energy announced they had reached agreement on a takeover.
Today's first step in the construction of the country's second nuclear power plant in Belene could help Bulgaria to regain a strategic position as an electricity exporter to Southeastern Europe, writes EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria Dnevnik.
German energy giants RWE, E.ON and Vattenfall are trying to persuade politicians in Berlin to scrap a planned 15-year phase-out of the country's existing nuclear power stations, according to press reports.
Despite recent nuclear scares in Slovenia and France, the European Commission this week gave the go-ahead for the two remaining reactors to be completed at the controversial Mochovce nuclear plant in Slovakia. The decision was widely condemned by environmental group Greenpeace. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
The role that nuclear should play in the EU's energy mix was the topic of heated debate at a 2 July Brussels conference that tackled a number of issues, including nuclear financing, safety and waste management.
A coolant leak at a nuclear power plant in Slovenia has been contained, but the incident has brought renewed attention to the debate over whether nuclear offers a safe low-carbon option in the fight against climate change.
The newly-created European Nuclear Energy Forum met for the second time on 22-23 May and Italy's new government announced it will end a two-decade old moratorium on new plant construction in what is widely perceived as a nuclear 'renaissance' in the EU.
The European nuclear energy forum (ENEF) was launched this week, offering a platform for politicians, industry groups and citizens' organisations to debate the risks and opportunities of atomic power. EURACTIV Czech Republic and EURACTIV Slovakia report.
The Commission hopes that a new High Level Group on nuclear safety and waste management will create common EU standards and encourage investments in new plants while calming the concerns of member states that are opposed to nuclear power.
With increasing energy-import dependency and the quest for climate-friendly energy production at the top of the EU's political agenda, the Commission last week (21 September) announced the creation of a new research platform to study 'sustainable' nuclear energy.
Nuclear power, renewable energies and energy efficiency policies are "back on the agenda with a vengeance," the British Prime Minister said, sparking a controversy around the choice of nuclear as part of the country's long term energy mix.
Supply threats, rising prices and global warming is putting energy policy around the world "back on the agenda with a vengeance," said Tony Blair who will announce next year whether the UK should re-invest in nuclear.
To fight climate change, the EU must increase the share of
renewables, improve energy efficiency, invest in new technologies
and keep the nuclear option open, said Commissioner De Palacio at
an energy outlook conference.