Germany must coordinate over nuclear exit - EU energy head

June 30, 2011 09:50

BERLIN - Germany needs to coordinate its planned exit from nuclear power with its European partners, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Deutschlandfunk Radio on Thursday.

That will help ensure stable energy provision and reduce the risk of sharp price hikes for consumers, he said.

Berlin permanently shut eight nuclear power plants after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March.

Germany's parliament was scheduled on Thursday to ratify a program to close the remaining nine in stages over the next 11 years.

Energy policy mix was a matter for each EU state to decide for itself, and the EU completely accepted Germany's shift away from nuclear power, Oettinger said.

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