Czech PM: Europe cannot do without nuclear energy

Attending an EU summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Petr Nečas called for a rational approach to nuclear power in the EU in the wake of the Japanese nuclear safety scare. The Czech prime minister said he was convinced that Europe could not do without nuclear energy even in 30 or 50 years time, and the only reasonable solution was to make nuclear safety a top priority. He was speaking shortly after EU leaders called for worldwide stress testing of nuclear plants on Friday and committed to putting their 143 reactors through the toughest security checks possible. Mr. Nečas said he was convinced that the Czech Republic’s two nuclear plants would pass the tests.