EU's nuclear question back in the limelight

Calls for maintenance of atomic energy option overshadow ministerial talks on renewables

Governments must overcome public concerns about nuclear energy if the EU is to comply with its Kyoto protocol commitments, European energy and transport commissioner Loyola de Palacio warned an informal meeting of EU energy ministers in Pamplona on Sunday.

Discussions on renewables and energy efficiency, the declared purpose of the meeting, were overshadowed by the strongly pro-nuclear declarations of Ms de Palacio. Donald Johnston, secretary-general of the OECD, added his voice in her support.

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