1. The Committee on Economic Affairs and Development
welcomes Mr Bill Etherington’s report on “Nuclear energy and sustainable
development” and concurs with the main conclusions and suggestions
in the draft resolution presented by the Committee on the Environment,
Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs.
2. While acknowledging the many strengths of nuclear energy,
the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development emphasises that
preservation of the environment and sustainable development must
at all costs remain the priorities of all forms of energy supply.
It therefore very much hopes that the fundamental issue of nuclear
waste management will be taken into account and that true international
co-operation on this matter will be started so as to ensure complete
3. While nuclear energy today represents one of the various forms
of energy supply, the committee calls on the governments of member
states to continue their research with a view to developing other
forms of energy, particularly from renewable sources.