Bulgarian Energy Minister Denies Rumors of Resignation over Belene
Legal experts are in the process of analyzing the damage from the agreement between the Bulgarian National Electric Company, NEK, and the Russian "Atomstroyexport" to build a Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, in the Danube town of Belene in Bulgaria.
The statement was made for the media Wednesday by Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister, Traicho Traikov, who says the final decision will come only after "all outstanding issues, including price and safety, are cleared."
Traikov firmly rejected rumors he had submitted his resignation over the matter.
The document in question, annex 12, requires the sides to sign the NPP contract within three months, but does not list the consequences if the endorsement fails.
According to the Minister, annex 12 does not mean Belene will be built at any price, but it is obvious NEK Director, Krasimir Parvanov, has exceeded his authority by signing the said annex.
When asked if he was aware of Parvanov's motives for the move, Traikov replied he "had not examined in debt the NEK Director's internal reasons," and would not comment on suspicions of corruption, leaving the latter to the respective authorities and services.
The Minister further rejected earlier reports Belene will top the agenda of the meeting of the Bulgarian-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Partnership, to be held in Moscow, saying the agenda will rather include talks on the economy, transport, farming, trade, energy, and tourism.
Later Wednesday, Traikov is going to appear in plenary hall to inform the Members of the Parliament about the contract signed with Russia. The hearing was requested by the right-wing Blue Coalition with the support of the left-wing "Coalition for Bulgaria."
Meanwhile, the press office of President, Geori Parvanov, announced the Head of State had learned about the latest developments on Belene from the media.
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