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Leave the tiny nuclear reactors to us – POLITICO

In 2022, EDF lost a lucrative contract to build a traditional nuclear power plant in Poland to an American competitor, Westinghouse – a big blow for the French energy powerhouse, heavily in debt and in dire need of fresh cash.

Situations like this have fueled calls to keep the small reactor alliance in European hands. Grudler, the French MEP, favors a “two-tier alliance,” in which foreign companies with European branches would be allowed to join, but key positions would be reserved for European members.

So far, the European Commission has received more than 300 applications to join this initiative, which aims to help companies set up a European supply chain for these mini nuclear reactors. The candidates so far are largely European, but there are also a few notable American companies in attendance, including General Electric and Westinghouse.

American firms claim to come in peace.

“We’re not here to infiltrate anything, we’re here to add value where it might be lacking,” said Laurent Vansoen, Westinghouse’s European head of public affairs. To ensure that this largely untested technology actually develops, Vansoen adds, “it’s best to work together.”

It doesn’t seem like they’re being heard. According to several industry players, French companies are expected to capture a series of key positions within the industrial alliance, and most, if not all, of them will likely be placed in European hands.


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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