Nuke Fallout in Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: Nuke Fallout in Bulgaria Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

By Milena Hristova

A debate on a possible revival of the shelved EU constitution re-emerges in Europe. Another debate, on a possible revival of the closed nuke units, re-emerges in Europe's youngest member - Bulgaria.

Days after the tears of the people working in Kozloduy moved to tears journalists and audience, even if pushed to the near-end of news broadcasts, Bulgarian politicians resumed their starting position on Kozloduy.

Rescuing Kozloduy's nuke units has been a light motif for many a Bulgarian politicians, who raised and dropped the topic over the last few years. To drop it right before the country's EU entry.

As voices for reviving Kozloduy gain momentum in Bulgaria now, I am struck by how consistent everyone, except Bulgarian politicians, have been on the issue.

Geoffrey Van Orden, rapporteur for Bulgaria, remained the most adamant supporter of a delay in the decommissioning of the nuke units up to the very last days before the accession. He is an adamant supporter now too.

Diplomats are adamant that it is all in the treaty of accession, ratified by the EU-member states and Bulgaria itself. They will continue to point out that the issue has been agreed with Bulgaria, including the compensation for the closure.

Journalists criticise the EU for being too blind to see that the longed for independence from Russia's gas passes though a nuclear power station.

While ordinary people fear the blackouts of the recent past.

All of these, unlike Bulgarian politicians, defend a nuke station that clearly does not fuel their private interests.
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