Christophe Grudler – the European Parliament’s nuclear man

Energy & Environment 07-06-2024

Since his election in 2019, liberal French MEP Christophe Grudler has become the figurehead for nuclear power energy in the European Parliament. Euractiv spoke to the Renew lawmaker, who is running for a second term in the Parliament. 

Nuclear: SMRs alliance unveils their roadmap up to early 2025

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Last week's General Assembly of the SMR Industrial Alliance (May 29 and 30) provided an opportunity to define the roadmap for the coming months, and to appoint the chairmen of the working groups.

Global Europe 30-05-2024

Hungary breaks the diplomatic isolation of Belarus by seeking help for nuclear plant

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Hungary's government signed an accord with Belarus to help build Hungary's second nuclear plant, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a statement in Minsk on Wednesday (29 May).

Global Europe 28-05-2024

Russia to build Central Asia’s first nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan

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Russia will build a small nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan, the first such project in post-Soviet Central Asia, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said on Monday (27 May) at a meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

EIB financing for nuclear reactor construction remains off the agenda

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The new roadmap of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been leaked, and it includes a position on nuclear energy, with nothing new or concrete on new financing, fuelling the fantasy of support for the development of the construction of new reactors. 

Politics 15-05-2024

Bulgarian far-right provokes clash with Ukrainian nuclear experts

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Supporters of Bulgaria's pro-Russian far-right Vazrazhdane (Revival) party clashed with a Ukrainian delegation of nuclear experts at the site where the Belene nuclear power plant was expected to be built, in a video shared by the pro-Russian party on social media on Tuesday.

French nuclear safety authority greenlights commissioning of Flamanville power plant

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After a 12-year delay, France's first EPR has been greenlighted by the French nuclear safety authority as control procedures are set to speed up and simplify.

Nuclear: €300 million state aid for French small modular reactors

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The European Commission has approved a €300 million State aid grant for Nuward, a French developer of small modular nuclear reactors (SMR), to test its technology with more support expected before the project starts in 2030. 

Macron at Sorbonne: Energy key to French president’s ‘new European paradigm’

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French President Emmanuel Macron set out his vision for the future of Europe, placing energy, including nuclear, at the core of his approach, in a speech at Sorbonne University on Thursday (April 25).

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Energy 24-04-2024

Nuclear gains favour in Europe, but financing struggles remain

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Though EU countries remain divided about nuclear power, the insecurity brought on by the war in Ukraine has sparked increased interest from politicians not seen in decades. But are they willing to match big talk with big wallets?

Thierry Breton wants ‘Nuclear Technologies Act’

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The Internal market EU Commissioner Thierry Breton wanted to push for a Nuclear technologies act to motivate the development of an integrated nuclear industry in Europe, he said on Thursday (April 11). The proposal was welcomed by nuclear developers as EDF.f

Global Europe 10-04-2024

UN nuclear watchdog’s board sets emergency meeting after Zaporizhzhia attacks

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The UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors will hold an emergency meeting at the request of both Ukraine and Russia to discuss attacks on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, after the enemies accused each other of drone attacks.

The cost of Europe’s new nuclear power plants

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The EU will need to build an additional 50 GW of nuclear power by 2050, or more than 30 reactors to meet its energy transition targets. 30 more reactors is expensive, but how expensive and why? Explanations.

UAE signals interest in European nuclear energy investments

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The United Arab Emirates has approached European nations including Britain to gauge their interest in the Middle Eastern state investing in their nuclear power infrastructure, according to three sources familiar with the talks.

Major nuclear projects will have to wait longer for delayed EIB financing

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) dealt a major blow to the nuclear industry at last week's International Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels when it dithered over the industry's request for more funding for nuclear projects but confirmed that investment in renewable energy would remain a priority until 2030.

Greenpeace disrupts international nuclear summit in Brussels

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Greenpeace activists disrupted the one-day Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels on Thursday (21 March), attended by some 40 delegations from across the world to explore the role of nuclear power.

Politics 20-03-2024

Nuclear weapons: France to restart tritium production with EDF

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France's Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, announced on Monday (18 March) a new production cycle for tritium, which is essential for the manufacture of nuclear weapons, using state utility EDF's two civilian reactors.

Politics 18-03-2024

Bulgarian nuclear experts question economic viability of new nuclear project

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Bulgarian nuclear experts are questioning the economic feasibility of the country’s plan to build two US nuclear reactors at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant, raising questions on funding and whether the country has the means to purchase energy from these plants.

France’s EDF faces uphill battle as Europe’s demand for nuclear reactors grows

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France's EDF has recently come under fire for increasing project costs and delays, while problems with its existing fleet of reactors have resurfaced. Euractiv looks at what this means for the state-owned energy giant as the industry appears to be in full swing.

French EU election list leaders spar over bloc’s electricity market, nuclear

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French candidates topping the lists for the EU elections in June laid bare their differences on nuclear energy and the EU electricity market in the first televised debate of Public Sénat on Thursday (14 March).

Energy 07-03-2024

Departing from coal: Poland’s new energy roadmap

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The election of a new government in Poland has enabled this Central European country to revive its ambitions in terms of energy transition and to meet European targets.

Nuclear: In Prague, Macron defends EDF against non-European competition

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French President Emmanuel Macron lobbied at a Franco-Czech Energy Forum in Prague on Tuesday (5 March) for the state-owned energy giant EDF's bid to build new nuclear reactors in the Czech Republic.

Global Europe 06-03-2024

Russia considers putting a nuclear power plant on the moon with China

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Russia and China are considering putting a nuclear power plant on the moon from 2033-35, Yuri Borisov, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday (5 March), something he said could one day allow lunar settlements to be built.

Pro-nuclear countries back total opening up of EU funding for nuclear

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Nuclear technologies should benefit from all types of EU funding, such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) and innovation funds, the French-led nuclear alliance, which now has 12 EU member states, said at its meeting on Monday.

Southeast Europe’s largest nuclear project lacking EU companies

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South Korean company Hyundai appears to be the favourite to build units VII and VIII of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant, which is set to become the largest nuclear project in south-east Europe after the Bulgarian parliament ensured that competition was eliminated.