29 April 2010

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Radioactive Waste: Large majority of citizens in favour of European legislation

The European Commission has published today a Eurobarometer survey showing that an overwhelming majority of Europeans would find it useful to have European legislation on radioactive waste management. The concern for the safety risk related to radioactive waste is shared both in countries with nuclear power plants and those with no nuclear energy.

It is up to the Member States to decide whether they use nuclear energy or not. At present, 15 out of 27 EU States have nuclear power plants, but there are only a few projects for final repositories for the most hazardous radioactive waste category. The European Commission will propose European legislation on radioactive waste management in the second half of 2010 and is currently conducting a public consultation on such a legislative proposal.

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More: Eurobarometer report

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Tackling climate change at the local level

 Next Tuesday 4th of May more than 500 European mayors will sign up the Covenant of Mayors declaration at the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Co-organised by the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament, this year’s Ceremony marks twelve months of exceptional growth in the Covenant of Mayors and the event will be an opportunity for mayors from across Europe to come together to share their experiences of participating in the Covenant.

As European Commission initiative, the Covenant of Mayors is a commitment by signatory towns and cities to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and cleaner energy production and use.

Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors also commit to draft, submit and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan, explaining how they will achieve their objective for their territory, including actions concerning both the public and private sectors.

Launched in 2008, the first Covenant of Mayors Ceremony took place during EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 10th February 2009 at the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels gathering more than 100 mayors.

The Covenant of Mayors has grown beyond expectations since its launch, and now encompasses 1600 signatories from cities and regions in 36 countries. Many of them have already outlined their action plans, which prove how tackling climate change mitigation at local level is a great opportunity to mobilise sensible investments, create stable jobs and improve living conditions.

In parallel, new political developments and support programmes are being developed by the Commission and other institutions to reinforce the Covenant.

 

For further information on the Covenant of Mayors: Covenant of Mayors Website

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