Energy Minister Csaba Lantos on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the CEO of French nuclear industry giant Framatome, with an aim to step up and expand cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the ministry has said. While the first agreement between the government and the Hungarian branch of Framatome in 2021 focused on training and R&D, Tuesday’s agreement signed by Lantos and the parent company’s CEO Bernard Fontana included cooperation on prolonging the lifespan of nuclear plants and fuel supplies, the ministry said in a statement. Climate friendly, sustainable nuclear energy plays a great role in Hungary’s energy mix and in fulfilling its climate protection goals, the ministry cited Lantos as saying. France, and Framatome, are also key to Hungary’s efforts to promote cooperation among European Union member states in using nuclear energy, he said. It has a large role in maintaining European energy sovereignty and competitiveness, he said.