Glos rules out nuclear cooperation with India

30th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2006, NEW DELHI - Germany will not cooperate with the Indian government in its construction of new nuclear reactors despite the billions of dollars in investment at stake, German Economics Minister Michael Glos said Wednesday. Germany's decision to phase out its own nuclear-power programme excludes it from exporting atomic technology, Glos said on a trip to India while adding that the two countries could work together in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. His comments came as I

30 August 2006

NEW DELHI - Germany will not cooperate with the Indian government in its construction of new nuclear reactors despite the billions of dollars in investment at stake, German Economics Minister Michael Glos said Wednesday.

Germany's decision to phase out its own nuclear-power programme excludes it from exporting atomic technology, Glos said on a trip to India while adding that the two countries could work together in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

His comments came as India plans to build numerous power plants, including nuclear reactors, to fulfil its growing energy needs and feed its surging economy, which has grown by more than 8 per cent in the past three years, according to the government.

The legal situation in Germany has it so "that we must shut down safe nuclear-power plants for reasons that are, in my opinion, arbitrary," Glos said in New Delhi.

Germany's previous government, a coalition of the Social Democrats and Greens, decided to remove the country from nuclear-power generation by 2021, a policy criticized by conservatives like Glos.

Glos' visit to the Indian capital ended Wednesday with talks with Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde before he travelled on to Mumbai.

He said that his trip to India was aimed at highlighting opportunities for German businesses in India. There is "a high level of interest by German business to participate in this growing market," said the minister, whose six-day Asian trip began in Malaysia and was due to end with his return to Germany on Thursday.

Glos, who was accompanied on his trip by a large German business delegation, called on Indian's government to further streamline its bureaucracy and cut its red tape.

He said there was also interest on the Indian side in investing in Germany as it "rigorously" seeks to work more with the European country.

Glos added that in light of the failed World Trade Organization talks, the European Union should look at closing its own trade agreement with India and with other Asian countries.

DPA

Subject: German news

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