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. EU debates common energy strategy

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Prague (AFP) Nov 5, 2007
European representatives gathered Monday in Prague to discuss if a "nuclear energy renaissance" was feasible to cut the European Union's dependence on imported energy.

"This discussion is necessary to confront our shortfall," Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said, calling on France, Finland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy and the Baltic countries to support a "nuclear energy renaissance."

The participants gathered at the European Energy Forum will discuss a common energy platform and outline a plan on objectives for 2020 as well as commercial cooperation with Russia.

"It is all a question of knowing if European countries truly want to cooperate," French foreign ministry representative Patrice Allard said.

Discussions on a common energy stance are being opposed by several groups in France, Germany and Italy," said Fraser Cameron, director of the EU-Russia Centre in Brussels.

"Mutual accusations among certain European countries are poisoning the atmosphere," he said.

The conference is due to end Tuesday after some 30 energy experts from various countries and representatives of national energy companies debate a slew of issues.

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