Strong criticism was quick to surface, particularly of the already announced growth package, the precise contents of which are still being negotiated.
“The member states want to implement nuclear projects worth about EUR 100 billion. Coal projects are also set to get billions,” said Rebecca Harms, chair of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament.
Speaking to the dpa news agency, Stephan Weil, minister-president of the German state of Lower Saxony, also expressed his concern that the funds could be used for new nuclear reactors. He said it was “an absurd thought that the EU could use German tax revenues to help fund nuclear power plants in other countries”, and called on the German government to take action.