Top Expert: Verheugen Lies about Bulgaria's N-plant

Politics | May 15, 2004, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The World Council of Nuclear Workers President accused EU Commissioner Gunter Verheugen of using his influence to talk Bulgaria into closing four units at its only nuclear power plant.

Kozloduy nuclear power plant meets all safety requirements, Andre Maisseu, said in Sofia. Mr Verheugen has told you lies and the contract between Bulgaria and Europe has no worth at all, he said in an interview for 7 Days TV channel.

He stressed that a stable energy policy in Bulgaria spells stability for the country and for the Balkans.

Should Bulgaria be deprived of its energy policy, this would be turned into its weakness because of the lack of oil resources, Andre Maisseu said.

Bulgaria must be well dressed but not naked upon its entry into the European Union, he added.

EU concerns over the safety of Soviet-designed 440-MW reactors of Bulgaria's only N-plant Kozloduy has hinged the country's EU accession in 2007 on their closure the previous year.

The decommissioning of the two oldest units at the end of 2002 came after strong pressure from the European Union, protests from the nuclear lobby and opposition parties that the reactors are economically necessary.
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