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Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

The European Commission (EC) has agreed to sustainable investments of €1000bn ($1100bn) for the next decade through the European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP) as part of its Green Deal.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-green-deal-ignores-the-role-of-nuclear-7601401

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for at least EUR1 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) in sustainable investments over the next decade. The European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP) is the investment pillar of the Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-Green-Deal-ignores-its-own-biggest-clean-energy

Ignalina NPP (INPP) in Lithuania, which is decommissioning its two RBMK reactors, in 2019 dismantled 5483 tons (almost 5000 tonnes) of equipment and associated structures INPP said on 9 January.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsignalina-reports-on-decommissioning-progress-7598221

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - following the Middle Eastern country's further step away from its commitments. Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the JCPOA joint commission, said he had received today a letter from the three ministers for resolution through the mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the agreement.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-leaders-trigger-dispute-mechanism-of-Iran

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-scraps-limit-on-uranium-enrichment

The new Foratom president, Esa Hyvärinen. Esa Hyvärinen has been appointed as president of Brussels-based industry group Foratom.

Foratom said Mr Hyvärinen’s appointment began on 1 January 2020 and will run for two years.

Mr Hyvärinen is head of the chief executive officer’s office at Finland’s Fortum Corporation, whose subsidiary Fortum Heat and Power owns and operates the two-unit Loviisa nuclear station in Finland.

He has served as senior vice-president for public affairs at Fortum, head of the recycling and environmental units at the Confederation of European Paper Industries in Brussels and senior advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry. He has been member of the Foratom executive board since 2016.

Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/industry-group-announces-appointment-of-new-president-1-5-2020

Iran on 5 January took the final step in reducing its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), removing the last operational restriction on the development of its nuclear programme.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-ends-commitments-under-jcpoa-but-continues-cooperation-with-iaea-7591483