Ten European Union member countries, including France have published an article that highlights the strategic advantages of nuclear power: price stability, energy independence, and so on.
On Sunday, 10 October, the French government joined nine European states in signing a platform that supported nuclear energy. The platform stressed that the French government has a role to take, especially against global warming.
Signed by the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and the Deputy Minister in charge of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, this text also argues that nuclear “Contributes decisively to the independence our sources of electricity and electricity production.
The text was also signed by France, Romania, Finland, Slovakia and Croatia.
This column was published in several European newspapers including “Le Figaro” (France) and affirms that nuclear energy is possible. “Protects European consumer from price volatility”While gas prices have been on the rise for several months, so too has electricity.
Therefore, they consider “It is absolutely essential that nuclear energy is included in the European taxonomy framework before the end of the year.”This is what the Commission should propose in the coming months, namely in the list energy options that are considered virtuous in both climate and environment.
This classification will allow for green finance access and provide a competitive advantage to sectors that are already recognized.
The subject is dividing the member states. France, Poland, and the Czech Republic all defend the Atom, but countries like Germany, Austria, and many other NGOs see it as a dangerous technology.
Forum signatories also praise the economic value of the nuclear industry. According to them, it could be a boon for the economy. “Generate almost a million highly skilled jobs in Europe”.
For France, this forum is an opportunity to highlight its choice to bet on nuclear power, subject to many debates, two days before the unveiling by Emmanuel Macron of the investment plan of several tens of billions of euros ” France 2030 ”, where this industry should feature prominently.
The Head of State will be expected to address the issue of small nuclear reactors (also known as SMR) development.« small modular reactors »
Faced by him, the candidates for the presidency of 2022 have already stated that they would like to see the country get out of nuclear energy in the future. This is the case of the “rebellious” Jean-Luc Mélenchon or the ecologist Yannick Jadot.