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Should nuclear power and natural gas be classified as sustainable in the EU taxonomy? MEPs from almost all parties want to prevent this – today at noon, the roll call vote on the veto on the Commission proposal will take place. The result is by no means certain, which is mainly due to one political group: the EPP. The spokesman for environmental policy, Peter Liese, assumed yesterday evening that his group would have a majority against the veto. But the party seems divided on the issue, writes Leonie Düngefeld. And the German population is also divided on this issue, as a recent Civey survey commissioned by Table.Media shows.
Yesterday, the European Parliament approved the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act by a large majority. But for the DMA and DSA to take effect, the new regulations must also be enforced. In the future, the EU Commission will bear the main burden of supervising digital companies, something it partly never intended to do in the first place. Now, the authority is undergoing an internal reorganization. At the same time, it is looking for experts. But those are notoriously scarce. Till Hoppe and Falk Steiner have the details.
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EPP divided over taxonomy vote
It will be a close call: Today, the European Parliament votes in Strasbourg on whether to label nuclear energy and natural gas projects as sustainable economic activities. Yesterday afternoon, MEPs debated the decision in plenary, and today at noon the roll call vote will take place. An absolute majority is required for a successful veto of the Commission’s proposal. One of the reasons why this could fail is the divided EPP group.
With the second delegated act on the EU taxonomy proposed in January, the Commission wants to designate nuclear energy and natural gas as sustainable economic activities. In March, MEPs from the Greens/EFA and S&D objected to it, formally launching the veto procedure. Then, on May 20, a cross-party alliance of MEPs from the Environment and Economics Committees tabled a resolution. In mid-June, both committees voted in favor of the resolution (Europe.Table reported).
Arguments against the legal act have increased in recent months, said Michael Bloss (Greens/EFA). Gas and nuclear power are inherently unsustainable, he said, and the Commission’s proposal is merely the result of successful lobbying by France, Germany and Russian gas companies. Moreover, the taxonomy was written before the Russian attack on Ukraine and would therefore ignore the current geopolitical situation. Russia would benefit tremendously from the inclusion of natural gas in the taxonomy, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, recently warned (Europe.Table reported).
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