Cover Osteuropa 4/2006

In Osteuropa 4/2006

Phase-Out Model
Nuclear Energy’s Future in the EU

Lutz Mez

Deutsche Fassung


The European Union’s member states have different views of nuclear power. Seven of them use it, two have shut down their reactors, and six are working toward abandoning nuclear energy. The remaining ten have no nuclear programme. The assumption that EU enlargement would lead to a shift in location from west to east has proved unfounded. Eight reactors were shut down for reasons of safety. The EU and Western donors provided over one billion euros to that end. At the same time, mothballed nuclear power stations are to be completed. One reactor is under construction; nine are planned. Due to the liberalisation of the electricity industry, the new construction of nuclear reactors can hardly be financed. There can be no talk of a renaissance of nuclear energy within the EU.

(Osteuropa 4/2006, pp. 155–168)