(This post is by Lauri Myllyvirta, energy campaigner for Greenpeace International)

The movement by European countries to phase out nuclear power just got stronger. Two new, major blows hit the nuclear industry in Europe in the past few days.

As a result of an impressive public campaign, Belgian government negotiators have reached an agreement to start a nuclear phase-out that would see three of the country's seven reactors shut down by 2015 or at the latest 2018. And, the CEO of a Dutch nuclear company has said that the Borssele 2 reactor project would not go ahead without major public subsidies, an absurd idea at a time of austerity.

In Belgium and the Netherlands, Greenpeace has been working intensely to convince governments to shift from risky nuclear power to safe and clean energy. Two weeks ago, Greenpeace handed a 100,000-strong petition to Belgium’s future Prime Minister demanding the phase-out of nuclear, a truly impressive number in a country of 10 million. According to polls, 60% of Belgians are opposed to nuclear power

The news from the Netherlands and Belgium comes on the back of new projections by all serious forecasters revising global nuclear capacity and new reactor construction downward. Orders for new reactors have been canceled and delayed while several countries have moved to shut down their old reactors. The nuclear industry entered a decline some years ago and now it seems clear that the decline will be permanent.

As more and more dirty and dangerous nuclear plants are phased out, the way is paved for a 100% renewable energy system. There is no question that  is what people want when they protest against nuclear energy. There is no question that, technically and economically, a renewable energy system is not only doable but beneficial. More countries joining the revolution of safe and clean energy also means stronger policies in the European Union and more chances for co-operation across borders to meet climate and energy targets. Greenpeace will continue to work to ensure that the phase-in of renewable energy matches the phase-out of dirty power plants.

Belgium and Netherlands are two of the countries that could benefit most from the development of a massive offshore wind power system in the North Sea. Greenpeace developed a report showing how the North Sea system can be put in place. We have promoted the system for years and it is already taking off. The system will link up offshore wind farms in UK, Norway, Belgium, and Netherlands into a massive powerhouse for Europe.