Cabinet to push ahead with nuclear plans

The government is to push ahead with its plans for a new nuclear power plant despite the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, reports the Financieele Dagblad.

In doing so it faces strong opposition from the anti-nuclear lobby which has grown in strength since the events at Fukushima and which led the German government to postpone its nuclear power plans, the paper says.
Economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen told parliament in a letter that the lessons of Japan will be learnt and the technical demands included in the new plants, says the paper.
The cabinet wants to ensure that a licence for a new nuclear power plant can be given during this government period which runs until spring 2014.
The governing parties Liberal VVD and Christian Democrats are both in favour and are supported by their alliance partner PVV. The parties of the left are against the move.

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