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Following the recent debate – Nuclear wave: perspectives for the 21th century – organized by the European Movement International in association with ENEL on the 2nd July 2008, here is a short compilation of each speakers’ most interesting interventions and statements on this “heated issue”. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/uBgIh_Ff6us” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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In here introductory speech, Ninna Commeau – Adviser to Deputy Director General, DG Energy and Transport – European Commission – clearly stated the importance for the EU to maintain and develop the nuclear energy sector. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/1TgtgEY5EC0″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Some years ago, speaking about nuclear energy was more or less a bad word.… » read more

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Hungarian MEP Edit Herczog (PES), a speaker at the conference, gives us her impression at the discussions of the event. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/JWBYqjYzDvo” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Q: What did you think of the conference? What did you think about the discussions? A: I really liked it because the arguments came to the table and it… » read more

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Giancarlo Aquilanti, Head of the Nuclear Technology Area at ENEL, explains the state of nuclear energy in Italy. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/6qFozeMl8rg” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Q: So you are positive and optimistic about the direction? How do you see it from the view point of ENEL – development in the future in terms of new plans… » read more

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The newly-created European Nuclear Energy Forum met for the second time on 22-23 May and Italy’s new government announced it will end a two-decade old moratorium on new plant construction in what is widely perceived as a nuclear ‘renaissance’ in the EU. The EU needs “an open debate, without taboos, without too many preconceived ideas,… » read more

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Even if upcoming negotiations on the 23 January ‘package’ go smoothly, there are growing concerns that EU, and even international, efforts will not be enough to address the potentially catastrophic consequences of a relentless rise in the Earth’s average atmospheric temperatures, which UN scientists agree is caused by human activitiy in industry, housing, transport and… » read more

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As EU heads of state and government prepare to descend on Brussels for an annual summit to discuss the EU’s CO2 reduction commitments and the ‘growth and jobs’ agenda, a new report warns European leaders about waves of immigration driven by intensifying climate change. Since 2000, when the EU’s ambitious ‘Lisbon Strategy’ for growth and… » read more

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Several EU business organisations (UNICE, Eurochambres) as well as the European Chemicals industry (CEFIC) criticised the Commission’s unilateral CO2 reduction targets for 2020. “Further strong CO2 reduction targets that have not been adopted by other major emitting nations will weaken the European industry’s competitiveness within the global business environment without achieving effective environmental benefits,” said… » read more

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Action plan

Since the 2007 EU Summit, the Commission has put forward two major legislative packages in respect of the action plan: 1. 19 Sept. 2007: The third ‘package’ of proposals to liberalise the EU’s energy market; 2. 23 Jan. 2008: The ‘climate and energy package’, which features legislative proposals on CO2 ‘burden sharing’ and on the… » read more

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