Belgium committed to phasing out its seven nuclear power plants by 2025, but whether that goal is achieved remains to be seen ahead of a meeting on Friday between the relevant ministers. A report from federal energy minister Tinne Van der Straeten will be reviewed then, ahead of its submission next Tuesday, and aims to address issues such as the security of the country’s power supply and the impact that a full phase-out would have on energy prices. “If this report shows that there is an unexpected problem with security of supply, the government will take appropriate measures such as adjusting the legal schedule for up to 2 gigawatts of capacity,” reads the government agreement. But analysis of the report, which was leaked to newspapers, criticises its verdict to go through with the phase-out for its brevity and failure to address a variety of issues, including the fact that the gas-powered station in Vilvoorde (which is critical for the phase-out of nuclear) has not yet received a permit.
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