Gabriel criticises EU nuclear safety proposal

German minister says commission's energy security plan puts too much emphasis on nuclear;  proposed standards too lax

Germany's environment minister Sigmar Gabriel has criticised the European commission for putting too much emphasis on nuclear power generation in an action plan on energy security and solidarity announced on Thursday (EED 13/11/08). 

Mr Gabriel welcomed measures on energy efficiency and renewables in the plan but raised serious concerns about proposed standards on nuclear safety.  The standards are too lax and no better than those in place in Soviet-designed power plants, he said.  The minister also said measures on offshore wind power did not go far enough. 

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