"We should definitely consider an extension of 20 years. That is something for the next federal government. The current government will not go beyond 10 years", De Croo said at the summit, according to Belgian newspaper De Standaard. The spokesperson confirmed the prime minister's comments.

Earlier this year, Belgium reached an agreement with Engie to extend the life of two nuclear reactors, Doel 4 and Tihange 3, by 10 years, and it is currently discussing the last details of those negotiations.

Tihange is a 1,038 megawatt (MW) reactor in eastern Belgium. Doel is a 1,039 MW reactor near the port city of Antwerp. The reactors, which entered service in 1985, make up 35% of the country's nuclear energy capacity.

Belgians head to the polls in June 2024 to vote for a new government.

(Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)