The Visegrad Group countries have signed a joint declaration which states that achieving climate goals cannot happen without nuclear energy. János Süli, the minister without portfolio responsible for the Paks nuclear plant upgrade project, said the combined use of nuclear and renewable energy is vital for energy sovereignty and security, keeping energy prices affordable and decarbonizing energy production.
The V4 calls for greater energy efficiency and, as well as increasing the share of renewable energy sources, meeting the 2030 and 2050 carbon targets would require the development of electricity transmission networks and the use of gas-fired power plants in the medium term, as well as the flexible use of carbon quotas. The V4 welcomed the European Commission’s statement that nuclear energy is a safe technology and in full compliance with EU environmental standards. Brussels, the declaration added, should treat nuclear energy as a sustainable energy source, also from the point of view of financing.
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