Thirteen EU countries, including Italy, have asked for “a favorable industrial and financial framework for nuclear projects”, promoting “research and innovation, in particular for small modular reactors and advanced modular reactors”. This is the meaning of a joint note released by Paris, at the head of the nuclear alliance, at the end of a meeting with the European Commission. The document has been signed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Italy, together with Belgium and the Netherlands, has signed up as an observer country.
“The key technology atom with renewables”
In the meeting, hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, the 13 capitals “reaffirmed the importance of respecting the strictest nuclear safety standards and agreed on the need for a favorable industrial and financial framework for nuclear projects”. The atom, reads the note, constitutes “a key technology, together with renewable energies, to achieve our climate objectives and carbon neutrality in 2050” and “in this perspective” the representatives of the alliance consider “essential the strengthening of industrial cooperation, European value chains and the facilitation of finance capacities”. The 13 governments also highlighted that “small modular reactors can contribute, together with large nuclear power plants, to achieving the EU’s climate objectives and energy security, by developing skills and technological independence”.