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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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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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Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
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Romania and France on 26 October signed a declaration of intent for a partnership on the construction of reactors 3 and 4 and the upgrade of reactor 1 of the Cernavoda NPP, Romanian Prime MInister Ludovic Orban said during a two-day visit to France.

At the same time, Romanian nuclear utility Nuclearelectrica signed a partnership agreement with French nuclear group Orano. This came two weeks after Romania signed an agreement with the USA on the expansion of Cernavoda nuclear power plant. 

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
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The Cernavodă nuclear power station in Romania has two Candu reactor units. France and Romania signed a declaration of intent that includes plan to work with “strategic partners” to build Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavodă nuclear power station and to refurbish Unit 1.

The document was signed by French prime minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

In a statement following the signing Mr Orban said an agreement had also been signed between Romana’s state nuclear corporation Nuclearelectrica, which operates the Cernavodă station, and French nuclear engineering company Orano, but he gave no further details.

Earlier this month Romania and the US signed a draft cooperation agreement for the construction of Cernavodă-3 and -4 and the refurbishment of Cernavodă-1.

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020
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France and Romania have signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the civil nuclear field, which aims, among other things, to work "with strategic partners" to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to upgrade unit 1. The document was signed yesterday by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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A draft intergovernmental agreement on cooperation to expand and modernise Romania's nuclear power programme has been signed between Romania and the USA. Areas for cooperation could include the completion of units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and the refurbishment of unit 1 at the plant.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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Move follows cancellation earlier this year of deal with China The Cernavodă nuclear power station, where Romania is planning to build two new reactors. Romania was scheduled to sign cooperation and financing agreements with the US on Friday for the refurbishment of one nuclear power reactor and the construction of two more at the Cernavodă nuclear power station, US ambassador Adrian Zuckerman said on Thursday.

In a statement posted on the US Embassy in Romania’s website, Mr Zuckerman said Romania’s energy minister Virgil-Daniel Popescu would meet with US energy secretary Dan Brouillette in Washington to initial an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the refurbishment of one nuclear reactor and the building of two new reactors at Cernavodă. “This $8bn project will be a paradigm for future Romanian- American economic and energy development projects,” he said.

Later in the day, Mr Popescu was to meet with the president and chairwoman of the US Exim Bank, Kimberley Reed, to execute a memorandum of understanding for the financing of the Cernavodă nuclear project and other projects in Romania. The financing package is the largest financing package ever received by Romania and is indicative of the confidence the US has in its longstanding partner and ally, Mr Zuckerman said.

Romanian state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica ended talks with China General Nuclear (CGN) about the Cernavodă project in June after they had dragged on for six years.

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
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Romania has launched a tender for a new feasibility study to complete units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant for which it is prepared to pay up to RON1 million (USD245,000). There is also the option of a single unit being put up for auction, according to a report by Economica.Net.

Date: Thursday, 06 August 2020
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