The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment has called on Taoiseach Micheal Martin to clarify the Irish government’s position in relation to efforts to allow the EU to subsidize nuclear power plants. According to a document seen by Friends of the Irish environment, several countries, including France, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, want the EU to allow subsidies to nuclear plants in return for backing a higher EU 2030 climate target. However, other countries including Luxembourg and Austria, are rejecting these plans. The position of the Irish government is not clear. The proposals come as part of the negotiations as EU leaders negotiate to increase Europe’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in a virtual summit taking place on the 10 and 11 December.
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EU leaders last night reached a deal to significantly strengthen the bloc’s carbon targets, pledging to slash emissions by 55 per cent against 1990 levels by 2030 – a marked increase on the previous target of a 40 per cent cut. Following talks through the night between member state leaders at the latest EU Council meeting, EU Council President Charles Michel tweeted that “Europe is the leader in the fight against climate change. We decided to cut our greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55 per cent by 2030”.
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