Parliament backs EU push for small nuclear reactors

(EurActiv, 14 Dec 2023) The European Parliament backed the development of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) this week, a move welcomed by EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, who has already called for a rapid turnaround of EU initiatives.

Tabled by Slovenian EPP MEP Franc Bogovič, the  European Parliament’s initiative report on “small modular reactors” was adopted with 409 votes in favour, 173 against and 31 abstentions on Tuesday (12 December).

“For the first time under this mandate, the European Parliament is voting in favour of a text that is 100% dedicated to nuclear energy”, said French centrist MEP and nuclear backer Christophe Grudler after the vote.

Reacting on X, EU energy chief Kadri Simson said the European Commission “will continue close cooperation with the co-legislators to finalise in the nearest future the legislative initiatives relevant for SMR technology and nuclear power production at large”.

In the report, the European Parliament acknowledges that “nuclear power can help to improve energy security in Europe” and offer “a possible means of achieving the Union’s energy and climate objectives”.

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