Belgian cabinet backs nuclear phase-out plan

Controversial bill agreed aiming at 2025 end to nuclear power; carbon tax on the horizon

Moves to end nuclear power in Belgium moved closer to finalisation on Friday, when the cabinet resolved internal disagreements and approved a draft law. The bill foresees each operating nuclear reactor shutting after 40 years of service, meaning that the sector would disappear in 2025.

The agreement fulfils a pledge made three years ago by prime minister Guy Verhofstadt to develop a policy to end use of nuclear power. Belgium's move copies Germany's groundbreaking nuclear phase-out (EED 17/12/01).

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