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The recent assessment by the EU's scientific body, the Joint Research Centre, that nuclear energy does no more harm to human health or the environment than any other power-producing technology considered to be sustainable may be a sign of the green stamp of approval needed for the inclusion of nuclear in the EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance, write Elina Teplinsky, Vincent Zabielski and Victoria Judd, partner, special counsel and counsel, at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
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As pressure continues for nuclear to be included in the European taxonomy, a group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen saying that the exclusion of nuclear from the taxonomy is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy. It was signed by 27 European organisations, including eight from France, and 19 NGOs from outside Europe, including eight from the USA.

Date: Friday, 09 April 2021
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A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
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Three Baltic states and the EU itself have expressed concerns about safety at the Russia-backed project Image courtesy Creative Commons / Flickr / Mr.TinDC. Lithuania does not see a problem with Poland’s proposed nuclear power programme, but has concerns about the Russia-supplied Belarusian nuclear power station under construction near its border in Ostrovets, Lithuanian energy minister Dainius Kreivys told Polish energy portal Biznes Alert.

Mr Kreivys said in the interview: “The Polish nuclear project, which is being developed under European Union regulations, cannot be compared with the Russian project in Belarus, which raises growing concerns.”

He said Lithuania was not consulted over the deployment of the two-unit Belarusian nuclear station and it is in violation of the Espoo Convention, which requires trans-border consultation on nuclear facilities.

Mr Kreivys raised questions about the independent status of the Belarusian nuclear regulator and said that the Belarusian station had failed 27 stress tests with only a handful of issues having been addressed.

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 15 March that it intends to invest in nuclear technologies in Poland following a meeting in Warsaw between Westinghouse CEO, Patrick Fragman, and Poland’s Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski. The meeting followed an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed between Poland and the USA in October 2020 on cooperation for the implementation of the nuclear energy programme, which includes a plan to transfer technology from the USA and to develop a comprehensive investment scheme with participation of US entities. The agreement entered into force in February.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021
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Westinghouse Electric Company has announced its intention to invest in nuclear technologies in Poland, following a meeting in Warsaw between Westinghouse CEO Patrick Fragman and Polish Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
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The workshop the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency held jointly last week was very timely because the European Union is at an important juncture, and must consider the role of a variety of energy sources in its electricity mix if it is to achieve its decarbonisation goals, said Massimo Garribba, deputy director general of DG-Energy at the European Commission, adding that those sources include nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
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Hungary is now the sixth European country to bring forward its coal phaseout plan, announcing that it will shut its last remaining coal plant in 2025. Meanwhile Poland says its first nuclear power unit will be built in Gdansk and the second one probably at the site of its Belchatów coal plant.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
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The diplomatic notes Poland and the USA exchanged last year on cooperation in the development of Poland's civil nuclear power programme have officially entered into force, Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told the TOK FM radio station yesterday. This means the USA now has 18 months to prepare both a technology and a financing offer to build nuclear power plants in Poland, he said.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
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Poland is moving towards a low carbon economy with wind farms and nuclear energy as its two pillars, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said in an interview with Polska Times on 26 February. Poland’s coal plants are ageing, he noted. “We are entering a natural cycle of renewal of production capacity.” He added:

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
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