As part of the development and expansion of transnational energy networks within the European Union, a large number of high-voltage power lines will be installed in the coming years.
However, the installation of overhead power lines is associated with negative consequences for humans and the environment. Not only does this cause visual pollution, but long-term exposure to electrical and magnetic radiation from these high-voltage power lines can be detrimental to the health of those living in the vicinity.
However, by installing power lines underground, the risk of health problems can be reduced considerably. The problem is that such power lines are much more expensive than overhead power lines.
1. What efforts and initiatives can the Commission take in the short term to develop an affordable model for the European Union for the underground installation of power lines?
2. What initiatives has the Commission already taken in this regard or is planning to take in the short term?