Helsinki: Finland`s parliament on Thursday
approved the building of two new nuclear reactors in a move
the government said would help fight climate change and create
jobs but that was widely denounced by environmentalists.
"This is one of the most important decisions my
government is going to make, because it really improves
Finland`s competitiveness and will create new jobs, and thus
also increase the economic growth," Finnish Prime Minister
Mari Kiviniemi told AFP after the vote.
In the non-partisan vote, 121 members of parliament cast
their ballot to allow utility group Fennovoima build a new
reactor, 71 voted against and two abstained, while
Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) received 120 votes in favour of
building another reactor, 72 against and two abstaining.
The difference in votes between the two projects was due
to the fact that some members of parliament had wanted just
one new nuclear reactor to be built.
All Green League MPs meanwhile voted against the bill
proposed in April by the centre-right government of Matti
Vanhanen, who recently resigned and handed the reins to