France, Czechia defy EU sceptics on nuclear power

(EurActiv, 10 Jan 2024) France and Czechia reiterated calls on Tuesday (9 January) for the European Commission to put nuclear power on an equal footing with renewable energies in all EU policies, putting traditional nuclear sceptic countries on the defensive.

On Tuesday (9 January), amid a major government reshuffle, French Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher was in Prague to promote nuclear collaboration.

“We will bring European energy policy to a completely new level,” declared Czechia’s Energy Minister, Jozef Síkela.

Speaking alongside his French colleague, Síkela reiterated the importance of nuclear’s role in the “decarbonisation process – not only for the Czech Republic and France but for all of Europe.”

“The key target is to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and to decrease our CO2 emissions,” added Pannier-Runacher, who spoke in English to an international audience.

That means “developing nuclear and hydro” and “renewables with storage” to provide electricity at any time, explained the French minister.

Síkela, meanwhile, insisted on improving access to finance for nuclear projects, which have frequently gone over budget and deadline in the past years, spooking off private investors

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