No reform of the Euratom Treaty. The German Federal Government does not want to launch an initiative for a reform of the Euratom Treaty – despite announcement in the coalition agreement.It is one of the few concrete announcements on nuclear policy that can be found in the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD : a reform of the Euratom Treaty. Its goal is the “development of nuclear industries” in the EU. To date, it is an important basis for research and investment promotion of nuclear technology. The coalition will “work to ensure that the Euratom Treaty’s objectives regarding the use of nuclear energy are adapted to the challenges of the future,” the coalition agreement says. In the future there should be no EU funding for new nuclear power plants However, this promise does not have practical consequences. “At present, the Federal Government sees no need for action with a view to convening an Intergovernmental Conference on the fundamental revision of the Euratom Treaty,” writes the CDU-led Federal Ministry of Economics in response to a small request from the Greens, the taz is present. Instead, it is to be awaited that the EU Commission itself presents a communication on the future of Euratom. The SPD Ministry of the Environment stated that this attitude was agreed with him. The chances for a revision of the controversial nuclear contract are currently favorable. Because of the British EU exit adjustments are needed anyway. This window of opportunity must be used by the government “to reform the traditional and backward-looking relic called Euratom and finally end the special status of nuclear power in Europe,” says Kotting-Uhl.
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