The European Commission announced seven new infringement decisions against member states on Thursday (19 November). France has been penalised for its failings in energy efficiency and the treatment of radioactive waste. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
The German government has settled with the country's four nuclear companies on four interim storage facilities for radioactive waste that is currently stored abroad, but Bavaria is up in arms over the decision. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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 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.
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.
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.
Results from a Eurobarometer survey reveal that EU citizens remain uninformed about radioactive waste and are sceptical about the credibility of information from national governments and the media on nuclear energy.
A recent report by the Commission reveals widely varying ways of
dealing with the decommissioning of nuclear power stations across
the EU. This may lead to a distortion of the internal electricity
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.
On 6 November, the Commission adopted several controversial proposals on nuclear energy. The proposals would give the Commission more supervisory powers over the safety of the nuclear sector in view of the Union's enlargement.