MOSCOW, August 28 – PRIME. A committee of Swiss parliamentarians and economic representatives launched a petition demanding that the ban on the construction of nuclear power plants in the country be lifted in order to avoid electricity shortages, the Matin Dimanche newspaper reported on Sunday.
In 2017, the Swiss voted in a referendum to ban the construction of new nuclear power plants in the country.
A committee of representatives of right-wing parties and representatives of the economy is putting forward a popular initiative aimed at lifting the ban on the construction of new nuclear power plants in Switzerland.
“Called “Electricity for all at any time. Stop the blackout,” the text wants to enshrine in the Constitution that “any form of climate-friendly electricity generation is permitted,” the journalists write.
According to them, the collection of signatures should begin next week.
Electricity prices in 2023 will increase for Swiss households by 30%.
The risk of power shortages is considered one of the highest in Switzerland. Earlier, the head of the Swiss Federal Commission for Electricity ElCom, Werner Luginbühl, urged citizens to stock up on candles and firewood due to possible power outages in the coming winter.
The Swiss authorities have previously said that for the first time they may impose restrictions on energy consumption in the event of a shortage of electricity or gas.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people.