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The USA and Bulgaria recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on civil nuclear cooperation. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov noted that nuclear energy is one of the "greenest and cleanest" energies and that is why the country wants to use "safer technology of the latest generation" and to achieve diversification of nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
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Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom has made significant progress in protecting the interests of nuclear power generation and has received support from Western partners in the development of its domestic nuclear power industry, according to Energoatom vice president German Galushchenko.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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Poland has signed an intergovernmental agreement with the USA to cooperate on the development of Poland’s civil nuclear power programme. This followed extensive talks on 20 October between US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Poland’s Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski.

Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, today reiterated that all clean technologies, including nuclear, will be needed for a low-carbon economic recovery, while Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission, stressed that the Commission “would not stand in the way” of EU Member States that support nuclear power. Timmermans was speaking as Birol's guest in the latest edition of the IEA's Big Ideas speaker series

Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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Poland will ask the European Commission to approve state aid for the construction of what will be the country's first nuclear power plants, Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told reporters in Warsaw yesterday, according to Reuters. "It is impossible these days to build a nuclear power plant without state support," Naimski said.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
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Second major deal for Washington following reactor agreement with Romania Andrjez Duda and Donald Trump paved the way for the agreement when they met in Washington in June. Courtesy Office of the Polish President. Poland and the US concluded on Monday an “historic” cooperation agreement on the development of Warsaw’s nuclear energy programme, which could pave the way for using US technology and financing for the country’s first commercial nuclear power project.

In a virtual ceremony held in Warsaw and Washington, US energy secretary Dan Brouillette and Polish secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski finalised the agreement, which had been in the making for a number of years.

It is the second major nuclear agreement the US has signed this month. Last week, Washington signed a draft cooperation agreement with Romania for the refurbishment of one nuclear power reactor and the construction of two more at the Cernavodă nuclear power station. The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding for the financing of the Cernavodă project.

According to the US Department of Energy, the agreement with Poland stipulates that over the next 18 months, the US and Poland will work together on a report delivering “a design for implementing” Poland’s nuclear energy programme and “potential financing arrangements”.

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
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US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski yesterday discussed the signing of the first intergovernmental agreement to cooperate on the development of Poland's civil nuclear power programme. Brouillette signed the agreement yesterday and it will be signed by Naimski once it is received in Warsaw.

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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The shareholders of PGE EJ1, the company set up to build and operate Poland's first nuclear power plant, have signed a letter of intent with the State Treasury regarding the acquisition of 100% of its shares. The transaction, if completed, will see the government take full control of PGE EJ1 at the end of the year.

Date: Friday, 02 October 2020
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Courtesy Lukas Plewnia. A poll has shown that 57% of Poles consider the construction of a nuclear power station in the country as necessary, according to a factsheet published by the Polish ministry of climate.

According to the poll, 20% of respondents do not think a nuclear station is necessary, while 23% had no opinion on the matter.

Sixty percent said they were aware of Poland’s plans to build the country’s first nuclear power station, while 83% said there is a need for a nationwide programme to inform and educate society about energy, including nuclear energy, in an “objective and reliable” manner.

The survey was carried out from 31 July to 12 August this year among 2,028 citizens between 18 and 64 years of age.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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A high-level panel of senior political figures and experts from leading international energy organisations yesterday discussed how nuclear energy can address some of the most pressing issues the world is facing. The discussion took place during the first session of World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
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