Energy union

EU money could finance nuclear power plants

Tim Altegör, 6 Jan 15
Investments worth billions, a new agenda for handling migration, and the first steps towards a European energy union: mid-December saw the European Commission present its work programme for the coming year. German politicians criticise, that the plan provides also nuclear power plants.

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.

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