Progress on nuclear energy at EU summit

9th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, March 9, 2007 (AFP) - France was making progress at the European Union summit in getting nuclear power recognised as one way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft statement obtained on Friday.

BRUSSELS, March 9, 2007 (AFP) - France was making progress at the European Union summit in getting nuclear power recognised as one way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft statement obtained on Friday.

The text, to be debated later by EU leaders, notes the European Commission's "assessment of the contribution of nuclear energy in meeting the growing concerns about safety of energy supply and carbon dioxide emissions reductions."

However, it also highlighted safety concerns stating that "nuclear safety and security" should be "paramount in the decision-making process".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will chair Friday's talks, wants the leaders to agree on an ambitious plan to cut emissions of the gases that cause global warming by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

To achieve that, she wants the 27 member bloc to commit to boosting the use of renewable energy to 20 percent of the EU's total energy mix by 2020.

But France, which meets some 40 percent of its energy needs from nuclear power, has objected to setting a "binding" target on renewables if nuclear

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