French environmental activist Jose Bove urged Poland's government Thursday to abandon its plans to build nuclear power plants and explore for shale gas.
Bove said he was pressing his case on the issues because Poland will take over the European Union's rotating presidency in two weeks. He said he hopes Poland will take an active role on these environmental issues and others, and made his case in meetings with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and other government officials during a visit to Warsaw.
Bove said he is pushing for an EU-wide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the technology used in obtaining underground shale gas.
Poland is seeking to gain energy independence with a plan to build its first-ever nuclear power plants in the coming years and with an ongoing search for underground shale gas.
Bove is also campaigning against genetically modified crops, but he said he focused less on that in his talks with Tusk.
"The prime minister said that at a personal level he also favors banning (GMO crops) so we didn't need to talk much about that issue," Bove told reporters after his meetings.
Bove rose to fame in August 1999 when he and supporters used farm equipment to dismantle a McDonald's branch under construction in France.