Sofia Rules Out Energy Chapter Reopening

Politics | October 14, 2005, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Sofia ruled out the reopening of the Energy chapter of the acquis communautaire, describing such a move as "harmful".

In an interview for private bTV channel Economy and Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov said that the will for preservation of units 3 and 4 of Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant in Kozloduy should not pose a threat to the country's future EU membership.

EU concerns over the safety of Soviet-designed 440-MW reactors of Bulgaria's only nuclear power plant Kozloduy has hinged the country's EU accession in 2007 on their closure in 2003.

The decommissioning of both oldest units at the end of 2002 came after strong pressure from the European Union. The nuclear lobby and opposition parties protested that the reactors are economically necessary and called EU demands "arm-twisting."
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