July 3, 2008
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Q: Italy has recently ended the turmoil over the construction of nuclear plants. Can you tell us briefly how this is evolving? And is the view of the Italian population changing toward nuclear energy?
A: The view of the Italian population has changed in the recent years. There has been a growing interest toward nuclear energy. What has changed a lot is the political approach to nuclear energy.
Let me say that today, the legal framework still has to be developed in order to make sure that the nuclear sector can be developed in Italy. And that will take some time. It will take at least a few years to do. First of all, to set up the legal framework. Then, to set up the infrastructure. Then, it really will start with the permitting / construction phase. So, there is still a long way to the construction but the direction is correct.Author : EMI