The MIA's position, in a statement, comes in relation to the decision announced by the European Commission to propose "green" labelling for certain gas and nuclear energy activities.

"Taking into account scientific advice and current technological progress, the Commission considers that there is a role for private investment in gas and nuclear activities in the transition," the Commission said in a statement, assuring that this is "in line with the EU's climate and environmental objectives" and that it allows "accelerating the shift from more polluting activities, such as coal production, to a climate-neutral future, mostly based on renewable energy sources."

This is not the idea of associations linked to the environment, which have already spoken out against it, nor of MIA, a movement made up of environmental groups and institutions in Portugal and Spain that have spoken out against nuclear energy.

In the statement issued on 2 February, the movement, in addition to saying that the efforts of decarbonisation are compromised "by opportunism and the ability of the nuclear industry to exert pressure", criticises France in particular for the Commission's decision.

"France's dependence on nuclear energy, which accounts for 77 percent of its electricity, accompanied by the interests of Finland and several Eastern European countries, is pushing the European Union into a new breach," the MIA warns in the statement.

These countries, it says, want to open access to new funding for the nuclear industry as a green activity, "with the fallacy that it contributes to climate change adaptation and mitigation".

The Commission's proposal, to become effective, will have to be approved by 20 of the 27 EU states and will also have to pass through the European Parliament.

If there is no opposition, the proposal will enter into force on 1 January 2023.