Senior federal government ministers met throughout Monday evening on a nuclear exit, but no agreement was reached yet. Government departments say the file will be transferred to the cabinets today to clarify a number of technical and legal questions.
The nuclear cabinet lasted until a little over 1 a.m., but no agreement was reached. In government departments, she said, the core “examined all options in depth”. Senior ministers will meet again later this week on the energy dossier, but the discussion will now first move to ministerial working groups.
According to the source, they must clarify a number of technical and legal issues “in order to move structurally in the direction of the resolution.” He adds that ensuring supplies and controlling prices remain “the only goals”.
The Federal Deputy Prime Ministers, complemented by Home Secretary Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) and Pensions Secretary Karen Lallieu (PS), have been together at 16. La Louie since 7pm. The eventual closure of nuclear power plants in 2025 has been on the table. It has been putting the Vivaldi alliance under high pressure for some time, especially since MR President Georges-Louis Bushes remains staunchly opposed to a full nuclear exit.
Upon reaching 16, Deputy Prime Minister Ecolo George Gilkennett made a statement to the press. “I hope we have a solution,” he said. We have to prepare for the future and that’s what the minister is doing.” (from Energy, editor) Van der Straiten is excellent from the start.”
JILKNET: Full closure
Gilkinet emphasized that for him it should be “definitely Plan A”. This refers to the complete shutdown of all nuclear power plants in 2025. Then “Plan B” refers to extending the life of the smallest reactors, Doel 4 and Tihange 3. There may also be other solutions on the table, such as an amendment to the law that one can consider In the new gas-fired power plants in the administration or Seraing. They must then absorb any loss of the gas-fired power plant yet to be built at Vilford – which Flemish Environment and Energy Minister Zuhal Demir (N-VA) has refused to award.
Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo (Open Vld) has always adhered to the deadline set at the end of this year. However, last night’s solution did not materialize. “After twenty years of hesitation, all the elements are on the table for a decision that provides 100 percent certainty on supplies and affordability,” a government source said Monday morning. Another called it a “good break,” but said last night’s meeting was “not a deadline.”
Wilmès: An Extension of the Newest Nuclear Power Plant
For Deputy Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, a final decision this week is not necessary, she says in an interview that appeared on Le Soir’s website around 9:30 – in the middle of the meeting and according to an informed source. He didn’t get along well with his fellow ministers sitting at the table.
Wilmès also continues to stick to expanding its two smaller nuclear power plants, according to the article. “We know that today we do not have the security of supply we wanted on November 1, 2021. It is a problem.” “And we said that if there was a problem, we would expand nuclear power.” Willems urges her colleagues to take measures to make this extension possible. “The longer we wait, the harder it becomes to throw this safety net out. We have to work on it, it is technically and legally possible.”
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