(MENAFN) The mayor of Belgium's Antwerp city stated in a television meeting that Europe has established an energy catastrophe for itself by reducing energy output.
Bart De Wever, the Antwerp mayor and president of the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party, gave a meeting to the VRT television channel.
He underlined that “This is, of course, not a crisis that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has caused, but that Europe has brought on itself by phasing out its own primary energy production this century.”
He clarified that exploitation of oil, gas, as well as coal reserves was not permitted although “the dumbest countries, Germany and Belgium, have phased out nuclear energy in parallel.”
“We could once have made a lot of profit with the nuclear power plants, but now those assets are given away. I think it's a bit cheap that people now realize that it's not all that simple,” he noted, talking about the former Belgium administration that chose to close two nuclear power plants.
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