“Belgium should not abandon nuclear power”: so sums up De Standaard on its front page the recommendation of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a report on Belgium published March 9. According to this organisation founded by the OECD, “Belgium should reconsider leaving behind nuclear power”, especially since there is no “clear strategy that could meet the challenges of the future, such as energy security and global warming,” the IEA warns. In 2003 the Belgian government decided to close all its nuclear power plants before 2025; yet 55 percent of electricity and 20 percent of the energy consumed in Belgium comes from these plants, reports Le Soir, maintaining that abandoning nuclear power “would exacerbate the imbalance in capacity, which could drive up [electricity] prices”. De Standaard adds that, according to the IEA, “the effectiveness of [Belgian energy] policy is hindered by the overlap of responsibilities between the federal and regional governments”, which is why, the newspaper believes, policymakers should “abandon the ideological discussions” on energy and finally put in place enduring measures.
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