EU executive gives atomic sector moral support

Commissioners suspend nuclear neutrality for homage to late former commissioner de Palacio

The European commission strayed from its traditional neutrality on the future of nuclear power on Monday at a high-level energy conference in Madrid. The event was held to honour recently-deceased former EU energy commissioner Loyola de Palacio, who held strongly pro-nuclear views.

Competition commissioner Neelie Kroes told the conference she was "completely in favour of nuclear power", news agency AFP reported. Meanwhile energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs, also known to be a nuclear enthusiast, said EU governments needed to "have the courage to debate the issue".

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