Germany and France have “agreed to disagree” on the EU’s transfer to label nuclear vitality as inexperienced, German Europe Minister Anna Luehrmann mentioned Friday, denying any battle between the 2 European giants on the problem.
France has led the cost for nuclear power—its predominant vitality supply—to be included on the listing, whereas Germany, which is within the means of shutting all its nuclear vegetation, stays fiercely opposed to the transfer.
“We know what the French position is on nuclear power and the French side knows very well what the German position is,” Luehrmann instructed AFP in an interview.
“So we can say we agree to disagree on the issue and then turn to the issues where we want to move forward… from climate protection to sustainable investments, to the issue of European strategic sovereignty.”
The inexperienced vitality listing, generally known as the EU’s “taxonomy”, was meant to have landed earlier than the tip of 2021, however deep divisions between member states have held it up.
The European Commission quietly distributed a draft textual content of its plans on New Year’s Eve and mentioned it had began consulting with member states on the proposal.
If a majority of member states again it, it would change into EU legislation, coming into impact from 2023.
France, which will get about 70 % of its power from nuclear, signed an announcement supporting nuclear power with 9 different EU states in October, together with Poland and the Czech Republic.
‘Not the bulk’
But Germany’s Environment Minister Steffi Lemke has mentioned it could be “absolutely wrong” to embody nuclear vitality on the listing, arguing that atomic power “can lead to devastating environmental catastrophes”.
Germany shut down three of its six remaining nuclear power vegetation late final 12 months and can shut the others by the tip of 2022, following Angela Merkel’s timetable for phasing out atomic vitality.
“We have made it very clear as the entire federal government that we are against the inclusion of nuclear as a sustainable financial product,” Luehrmann mentioned.
“We have to go in a different direction for climate reasons, but also for reasons of political independence, and I see that as an argument against both gas and nuclear energy. Because the uranium has to come from somewhere,” she mentioned.
However, Luehrmann conceded that “we also know that we are not the majority in Europe” on the problem.
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