Polish, US ambassadors to EU discuss nuclear energy policy in Brussels

Polish ambassador to the EU Andrzej Sados and his US counterpart Ronald Gidwitz held talks on Thursday in Brussels during which they discussed, among other issues, nuclear energy, EU energy policy as well as the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

According to Gidwitz, the discussion also concerned US-Polish-EU energy cooperation. The diplomats discussed the progress made in the scope of the Polish-US public-private programme for small modular reactors.

In his opinion, such reactors can play an important role in achieving European decarbonisation goals.

Germany recently faced calls to suspend work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is 94-percent ready. The reason for such appeals is confirmation by the German government that Alexei Navalny, the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell violently sick after being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. Western governments have demanded an explanation from Russia. Moscow has called the accusations groundless.

In June, President Andrzej Duda, after a meeting with President Donald Trump, announced that "an agreement will be signed soon between the Polish and US governments, which will enable design work on the introduction of conventional nuclear energy for energy production in Poland."

Trump said then said that "the United States is working on completing contracts to enable the development of Polish nuclear power plants."