Taxonomy statement submitted + Partial vaccine mandate most popular + China's concerns about CBAM
The German government has reiterated its opposition to nuclear power with the German statement on EU taxonomy. Nuclear power is risky and expensive, it said. At the same time, Berlin is calling for less stringent criteria for the use of natural gas as a transition technology, for example in the blending quotas for hydrogen during the so-called "fuel switch". The EU Commission intends to finalize the delegated act before the end of January. If there are no more changes to the current draft, Robert Habeck and Steffi Lemke have announced their intention to reject the proposal. Meanwhile, Austria has reiterated its intention to take legal action before the European Court of Justice if the EU Commission wants to classify investments in natural gas and nuclear energy as "sustainable".
Vienna is not only taking a clear stance on EU taxonomy. Austria was the first EU country to pass a general COVID-19 vaccination requirement from the age of 18. In Germany, too, the discussion has recently gained momentum. Whether it actually comes to it, is, however, questionable. A decision is expected by the end of March. With the declining numbers, the peak of approval could have long been passed by then. Other European countries are also rather reluctant to introduce a general vaccination requirement. A partial vaccination requirement for certain occupational and age groups is much more popular, as Eugenie Ankowitsch explains.
Meanwhile, in Brussels on Sunday, some 50,000 people demonstrated against the COVID-19 measures, among them likely demonstrators from Germany, France, and Poland. They threw objects at police officers and buildings, such as that of the European External Action Service, where windows were smashed. The police used water cannons and eventually broke up the demonstration.