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Parliamentary questions
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22 July 2020
Question for written answer E-004347/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Markus Buchheit (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Nuclear energy research

Currently, almost all the nuclear power plants in the EU are powered by pressurised or boiling water reactors. Nuclear energy has proven itself to be a reliable and green source of energy. While it is not without its drawbacks, these are remedied by other types of reactor. Research is currently under way into the new ‘Generation IV’ reactors, such as the dual fluid reactor. This is mainly being conducted by the private sector, as the reactors have little political backing – even in resource-poor Europe.

1. With regard to the planned reduction in the share of fossil fuels in Europe's energy mix, does the Commission intend to provide political and financial support for the development and construction of novel nuclear power plants?

2. To what extent is the EU supporting the development of new types of reactor?

3. Does it support the development of transmutation reactors to do away with the need for conventional deep geological final disposal?

Original language of question: DE
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