Spanish Parliament Demonstrates Foresight in Energy Policy

Berlin, 18.02.2011

The German Atomic Forum welcomes a trend-setting consensus between the Spanish parties regarding a re-evaluation of nuclear power. Last Tuesday, Spain´s Congress, as the second of the two parliamentary chambers, ratified the law governing a sustainable economy. The law is the key component of a comprehensive economic reform process in the sense of sustainable economic growth and removes the reference to the 40-year maximum lifetime of Spain´s reactors which was previously applicable. This limitation has been deleted from the law.

The step is remarkable because, on one hand, it is in opposition to the previous national policy of phasing out the use of nuclear energy and, on the other, it was proposed jointly by the governing Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), the conservative People´s Party (PP), the civil Catalan Convergence and Union (CiU) and the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV).

Dr. Ralf Güldner, President of the German Atomic Forum said emphatically, "This initiative, which transcends party lines, is evidence of Spain´s new approach to a balanced, sustainable and economically viable energy mix that should open up new perspectives rather than obstruct them. This includes nuclear energy in both Spain and Germany for the foreseeable future."

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