Nuclear

Nuclear power/Hungary

EU action against Paks nuclear plant must lead to rethink in Hungary

The European Commission today decided to launch an infringement procedure against Hungary concerning the implementation of the Paks II nuclear power plant project. The Commission outlined concerns regarding the compatibility of the project with EU public procurement rules. Commenting on the decision...


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Energy Union

Commission vision on energy transition still an incomplete picture

The European Commission today presented a report outlining the progress made so far towards the proposed European Energy Union and the next steps. Assessing the communication, Green energy spokesperson Claude Turmes said: "The Commission has clearly recognised some of the core priorities that n...


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Climate change policy

EU must up ambition to have credibility in UN climate summit in Paris

EU environment ministers are expected to agree on the EU's negotiating position for the forthcoming UN climate summit in Paris (COP21) at their council meeting tomorrow. Commenting ahead of the council, Green climate change spokesperson Yannick Jadot said: "It is disheartening to hear that EU g...


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Dismantling the nuclear argument

02.09.2015

Why nuclear is no climate-friendly solution!

Lately there has been an increasing openness towards and support of nuclear energy in Europe. In the run-up to the COP 21 in Paris the lobbying efforts by the nuclear industry are intensifying. Huge amounts of money are spent to promote nuclear power as "low carbon technology" or "climate-friendly indigenous energy source", in order to encourage the construction of new nuclear reactors and prevent the shutdown of dangerous old reactors that cannot compete economically with clean energy sources like wind and solar power.


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Emissions trading

More measures needed to put EU carbon market back on track

The European Parliament today voted to establish a 'market stability reserve' (MSR), which will slowly start to address the oversupply of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). However, with further reforms of the ETS as a whole due to be put forward this month, more structur...


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Finland-Russia/nuclear power

Rosatom brings in dubious Croatian partner

Commenting on the submission to the Finnish government of a nuclear power plant construction application by the Finnish energy company Fennovoima together with Russian company Rosatom, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said:  "Rosatom has managed to get a Croatian energy company Migrit...


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UK Nuclear Subsidy in the EU dock

Press release from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

Scottish Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and SNP Westminster Energy Spokesperson Callum McCaig MP have today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement from the Austrian government that it will formally challenge the UK proposed subsidy regime for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point...


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Hinkley Point

Austria to bring legal challenge against the European Commission

The argument concerning the construction of two nuclear reactors in the UK, at Hinkley Point in Somerset, has moved to the next round. The Austrian Government today publicised its intention to submit a formal complaint next Monday to the European Court of Justice on the UK government’s plan to fin...


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Baltic tour

15.06.2015

A Greens/EFA delegation

PROGRAMME  Monday, 15 June 2015                   09:00-09:30Press conference with Bronis Rope and Rebecca Harms       Venue : National Parliament in Vilnius 09:30-14:00 Confe...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 27-30 April 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included fishery discards are back; reducing plastic bag use; biofuels’ climate problem and land use: problem unsolved; Bangladesh tragedy and the textile industry's responsibility; light touch regulation of shadow banking funds; EU budget discharge and problems with ITER nuclear fusion project; EP budget 2016 and MEPs' allowances; Europe's refugee shame and sea rescue; quicker access to funding for youth employment schemes; European Investment Bank's transparency and accountability deficit.


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ITER nuclear fusion project

MEPs' concerns with ITER budget underline need to pull the plug

The European Parliament's lead budgetary control committee refused to recommend granting a discharge (1) to the EU budget line for the ITER nuclear fusion project in a vote yesterday evening. The report voted by the committee highlighted concerns with cost overruns, delays and mismanagement. Comment...


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The New Hungarian Nuclear Investment, Paks

19.03.2015

LIVE - Hearing

The building of the new Paks 2 nuclear power plant in Hungary, is not simply the matter of the country's own bad choice of energy mix, but the Hungarian Government's actions are in conflict not only with European principles and values in general, but most probably with European law as well.


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