The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is pleased that the work in the Council and European Parliament on reaching a final design for the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA) is progressing. We welcome the fact that both institutions now seem to accept that the NZIA be delimited by defining a number of concrete technologies within the scope of the proposal. It is important that the scope is clearly defined, in order not to create delimitation problems, and that all technologies are subject to the same conditions. Here, it is welcome that both the Parliament and the Council seem to be striving towards making the conditions for nuclear power the same as those applying to other core fossil-free energy technologies.
Another aspect that is particularly important is that the proposal also leads to ambitious, but at the same time realistic, time limits for the permit processes. These must be seen as long-term norms; setting too-short time limits can pose a risk. If this is simultaneously combined with rules for tacit approval, it may lead to unjustified rejections by the authorities where they do not have sufficient time to examine an application fully. More predictable and clear permitting processes are therefore key in fostering a willingness to invest in these important technologies.
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