Pro-nuclear MEPs defy EU Parliament on electricity market reform

(EurActiv, 8 Sep 2023) Members of European Parliament, led by French centrist MEP Christophe Grudler, are preparing to challenge the Parliament’s stance on EU electricity market reform, with a formal “objection” due to be presented next Tuesday (12 September).

The European Commission tabled proposals in March to reform the bloc’s electricity market to counter soaring electricity prices that hit consumers after Russia invaded Ukraine.

While EU member states are still debating the proposal in the Council, the European Parliament already adopted its position during a vote in the industry committee on 19 July, based on a report by Socialist MEP Nicolas González Casares.

A second vote on the same day gave Parliament a mandate to send Casares’ report directly to the Council to swiftly complete the reform during final “trilogue” talks involving the European Commission.

But pro-nuclear lawmakers were left frustrated with the Casares report, which restricted financing options for the construction of new reactors and the lifetime extension of existing ones.

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EurActiv, 8 Sep 2023: Pro-nuclear MEPs defy EU Parliament on electricity market reform