Press Release Follow up letter fom trade unions nuclear inclusion in taxonomy 270721 .pdf


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27 July 2021

Press release
Major trade unions in the energy sector from 10 EU countries to the President of the European
Commission

It’s time now to include nuclear energy in a delegated act of the
European taxonomy
Major trade unions of Belgian, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Romanian, Swedish,
Slovakian and Slovenian employees in the energy sector have sent a new collective letter to Mrs Von
der Leyen, President of the European Commission, to urge the Commission to include nuclear energy
in a fair and efficient way by a quasi-simultaneous promulgation of the delegated taxonomy acts.
This second letter is a follow-up of a first initiative dated 28 January 2021 from 11 energy trade unions
of six European countries asking for the inclusion of nuclear power in the European taxonomy on the
basis of neutral technology and science based evidences, and insisting on the key role of nuclear energy
in enabling Europe to achieve its carbon neutrality. New countries have now joined this second
initiative asking for the respect of a fair treatment of various energy sectors and their employees.
Since this first letter, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center has concluded that nuclear
should be included in the taxonomy and two other expert groups have agreed that the existing
European legal framework provides adequate protection in terms of public health and environment in
the EU.
Furthermore, seven European heads of states have pointed out in a letter to the Commission that
discrimination against nuclear power would also lead to a significant loss of high-quality jobs in many
European countries in addition to drawbacks for low-carbon energy production. There are serious
concerns about the reliability of the supply of electrical power. Extension of existing nuclear and new
nuclear development are planned in several EU countries and would be seriously affected in their
financing if nuclear energy is not included in the taxonomy.
The European Union can in no way afford to deprive itself of proven and available low-carbon solutions
as it wants to achieve its climate neutrality objective and not lose the leadership battle to the US and
other states.

Our trade union federations also point out that the energy mix falls within the competence of the
Member States, each of which has its own geographical, historical and industrial context, and must
therefore be able to determine the range of carbon tools adapted to their context and make their own
technological choices.
Therefore it is of utmost importance that the European taxonomy respects technological neutrality
and scientific consensus and the taxonomy rules should apply equally to all technologies.
Our organizations are committed to the success of European climatic ambitions and « Fit for 55 »
agenda, and we want to contribute to the European objectives of energy security, economic recovery,
industrial relocation, energy and industrial sovereignty, in a socially just and sustainable way to achieve
Europe's climate objectives.

“ The trade unions call again on a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear
energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and
socially just carbon free Europe by 2050. ”


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