Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (44)

John Gormley

Question:

33 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will report on the progress he is making to have the Euratom treaty phased out as a promotional vehicle for giving the nuclear industry special treatment in relation to renewable energy development. [7223/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I am aware of the view expressed by the European Commission in its Green Paper of 2001, Towards a European Strategy for the Security of Energy Supply, that the nuclear option must be examined in terms of its contribution to security of energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions. The Government rejects nuclear energy and does not regard it as the solution to the problem of security of energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions. With regard to the phasing out of the Euratom treaty, I refer to the reply to Question No. 141 of 3 February 2004.