Interest in French-led nuclear alliance gathers momentum

(EurActiv, 16 May 2023) French Energy Transition Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher will meet on Tuesday (16 May) with representatives of 15 other European states as part of the so-called “nuclear alliance” – an increase compared to the 11 that had shown interest just two months ago.

Countries will meet in Paris on Tuesday to discuss ways of reducing their reliance on Russian nuclear fuel and developing a European nuclear industry.

Representatives from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Estonia are expected to attend.

They will be joined by Sweden, Italy and the UK, bringing the total to 16 countries.

Sweden had until now decided to remain neutral because it holds the EU’s rotating six-month presidency until the end of June. As for Italy, it will attend as an “observer”, while the UK will join as a special “guest”, according to the ministry’s services.

This meeting follows two others that were held in Stockholm in February and Brussels in March.

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EurActiv, 16 May 2023: Interest in French-led nuclear alliance gathers momentum