EUROPE could soon “disintegrate” unless EU leaders agree for stronger cooperation on taxation, the President of the European Trade Union Confederation has warned.
Laurent Berger, President of the European Trade Union Confederation, believes more integration in the EU is necessary to avoid a breakdown of the bloc into nation states focused merely on their own interests.
Speaking to France Inter radio over the weekend, Mr Berger said: “On the issue of tax optimisation, I think the EU should go much further.
“Because of my vision of Europe, I would like to see a stronger European integration.
“My responsibility in the European Trade Union Confederation shows me every day that if we don’t create more European integration, we will have a disintegration of Europe, because everyone will focus on their own issues, and this would include economic issues, social issues.
“We can see that it already concerns values.”
The warning comes as France, Finland, the Czech Republic and other central and eastern European countries have jointly pushed for including nuclear energy in the EU’s upcoming sustainable finance rules.
The European Commission is expected to make a decision in the coming months on whether the climate taxonomy will label nuclear energy and natural gas as green investments.
The first-of-its-kind regulation aims to steer private capital out of polluting economic activities and into those the EU deems environmentally friendly.
The countries have long pushed for nuclear to be included as a means of achieving the bloc’s climate goals, although the recent spike in energy costs, especially for gas, have added weight to the debate with the region heavily reliant on Russian imports.
“To win the climate battle, we need nuclear power,” said a statement from the countries, also signed by representatives of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Slovenia.
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“It is, for us all, a crucial and reliable asset for a low-carbon future.”
The countries, led by France, said rising energy prices showed the importance of cutting dependence on third countries as soon as possible.
They said nuclear was an affordable and independent energy source which should be included in the taxonomy by the end of the year.
“All scientific assessments requested by the European Commission on the environmental impacts of nuclear energy come to the same conclusion: there is no science-based evidence that nuclear power is less. “Brinkwire Summary News”.