Acting Prime Minister Iveta Radicova cast doubt over the future of nuclear energy in Slovakia and in Europe when she addressed the Common Energy Policy and Security Conference in Bratislava yesterday.
Radicova pointed to how the two additional nuclear units being constructed at Mochovce were the cause of much criticism from neighbouring Austria (staunchly against nuclear energy) and also the European Union. She then said Slovakia should seriously consider the future of nuclear energy in the country, referring to nuclear tragedies like the one in Chernobyl, and the massive consequences a nuclear disaster would have for Europe..
Radicova commended how swiftly Germany had opted to decommission nuclear energy production after the tsunami-induced disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan this year. Over half of Slovakia’s energy requirement is covered by national nuclear power sources, though, so changing that situation would take some time, but foremost there would have to be enough political will.