EU legislation must be updated to end the “special status” that nuclear energy enjoys to the detriment of other energy sources, Green MEP Jávor Benedek has said. Speaking at the annual European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) meeting in Bratislava this week, Benedek said that the current interpretation of the Euratom treaty favours investment in the nuclear industry above other forms of energy generation. Benedek told delegates that the Euratom treaty is outdated and leads to discrimination in favour of nuclear by EU policymakers. He said the Commission uses Euratom article 2c – which requires EU institutions to assist investment in nuclear – as the basis for authorising state aid schemes to the sector. “The Commission does this almost automatically, which is completely different to other energy sectors,” he added. This special status for nuclear, exempting it from European competition [rules], cannot be a common European objective in the future. […] The Commission needs to apply and interpret existing rules according to the needs and conditions of the 21st century,” Benedek added.
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