“The costs of the extension are passed on to the working class. With this agreement, the government is going flat on its stomach in front of Engie-Electrabel, ”said the group leader in the Chamber.
The government had assured that it would not become the operation of the plants and would not pay for the nuclear waste. However, by creating a company whose capital will be held equally by the State and Engie in which the two reactors will be placed, it deviates from these principles, judge the communists.
“Hiding behind the pretext that the government is therefore not the direct operator is really politician talk. It has been demonstrated time and time again that in these public-private partnerships, the benefits are for the private sector, the losses for society”, underlined Sofie Merckx.
Moreover, by announcing that, within the framework of the discussions, an amount will be defined to cover the cost of nuclear waste management, the government is also backtracking, in the eyes of the PTB.
“The government writes that ‘the cost of nuclear waste is borne by the operator’, but, at the same time, it admits that beyond a certain predetermined maximum amount, it will pay all additional costs. Experts claim that these costs are now underestimated. This declaration of intent will therefore weigh the bill on the taxpayer in the future,” added the group leader.
The announcement of “an agreement in principle” with Engie Electrabel, which the latter describes rather as a “declaration of intent”, does not reassure the PTB either, which sees it as a sign that the State will have to make new concessions. “The multinational always wants more,” said Ms. Merckx.