Nuclear extension: “Engie must stop playing with the government’s feet”, says Paul Magnette

For the president of the PS, the negotiation when a multinational “does not care about a government”, it is finished.

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IEngie must stop playing with the government’s feet. Negotiation is going well for a while, but when a multinational doesn’t care about a government, it’s over, ”said PS president Paul Magnette on Sunday on the RTL-TVi Guest set.

“When I was Minister of Energy I had a very simple plan which could never be implemented because at the time Alexander De Croo pulled the plug from the federal government but this plan is still there: Engie is forced to produce, at a fixed price, a certain quantity of nuclear electricity; the government buys this electricity at a price determined by the regulator and then resells it to individuals and businesses at a lower price than the current price,” he explained.

Last week, the president of the N-VA, Bart De Wever, accused the Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) of wanting to defeat the negotiation with Engie on the conditions for the extension of the Doel nuclear reactors 4 and Tihange 3. “Tinne Van der Straeten is negotiating to fail”, he said on the set of VTM, about the talks held since the beginning of the spring by Minister Groen and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo with Engie, l French energy company which operates the power stations via Electrabel. The accusation had been refuted by environmentalists.

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