Written by Ir. Jan Haverkamp in commission for MEP Bas Eickhout – The Greens/EFA in The European Parliament. Where nuclear power is on the decline in most of the world, Central Europe’s enthusiasm for the technology appears untouched. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine are preparing to prolong the lifetime of their old Soviet reactors, and to enable that, they are closely cooperating with Rosatom – the Russian nuclear giant that includes all important former Soviet nuclear institutions and companies, both military and civilian – and its enormous network. Belarus and Hungary are currently constructing, respectively preparing construction of new nuclear capacity, in set-ups completely controlled by Rosatom. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are positioning their remaining hopes for new nuclear also for a large part on close cooperation with Russia. Even Ukraine, with all its tensions with Russia, appears to be bound hand and feet to cooperation with Rosatom and its network in order not only to upkeep and potentially expand its own nuclear fleet, but also continue to provide Rosatom with fuel and services. And Finland, the country that in its long history always needed to balance closeness and distance with Russia, appears to be well stuck in a nuclear bear-hug with its Loviisa nuclear plant, its plans for the Hanhikivi new build reactor and in having to tolerate the expansion of the Leningradskaya nuclear plant near Sosnovy Bor on its borders.
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