Matteo Salvini, leader of the ruling far-right League, has called for Italy to return to the use of nuclear energy. According to him, the party is ready to collect signatures for a referendum that would allow it. Thus, the former Minister of the Interior responded to Saturday’s announcement by the European Commission (EC), which under certain conditions intends to include nuclear energy in the list of so-called green investments. “Energy shortages in Europe. The European Commission also seems ready to recognize nuclear energy as green. Italy cannot stand still, “Salvini was quoted as saying by the media.
In Italy, rising electricity prices are currently being discussed. The League is urging Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government to take action to reduce electricity and gas prices for families and businesses. Italy is very dependent on electricity imports. In 1987, a year after the Chernobyl accident, Italians voted in a referendum to end the use of nuclear energy. In 2009, then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his intention to reinvest in nuclear energy, but later suspended his plans. In 2011, a few months after the Fukushima accident in Japan, about 94.5% of Italians voted against the construction of new reactors in another referendum.