20 major trade unions of Belgian, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovakian and Slovenian employees in the energy sector have sent, once again, a collective letter to the European Parliament members of the ECON, ENVI and ITRE Committees urging them to vote for (or at least, not oppose to) the Complementary Delegated Act of the European taxonomy providing for the inclusion of nuclear and gas.
For more than a year now, European trade unions have joined forces and carried out various actions in their countries and at the European level in favour of the inclusion of nuclear power in the European taxonomy on the basis of neutral technology and science based evidences, and insisting on the key role of nuclear energy in enabling Europe to achieve carbon neutrality, including two letters to the Presidency of the European Commission (cf. previous Press Release, « It’s time now to include nuclear energy in a delegated act of the European taxonomy », July 2021).
For the employees of the electricity and gas industries represented by the European trade unions who signed this letter, the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the European taxonomy is of primary importance for the climate challenge, for diversifying energetic supplies and increasing European energetic independence, for social justice, for economic sustainability and for the future of their jobs in an essential industrial and service sector. Also, the war in Ukraine is a wake-up call for Europe to diversify its energy resources and reinforce its energetic autonomy.