Piebalgs Waters Down Bulgaria's Kozloduy Hopes

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | Author: Ivelina Puhaleva |January 25, 2007, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The European Commissioner for Energy recommended that Bulgaria bury hopes for reopening two decommissioned units of its only nuclear power plant at Kozloduy.

At a press conference in Brussels Andris Piebalgs said a reopening of Kozloduy's units 3&4 could be "a bad signal for investors and citizens of the EU, as the country entered the Union on certain conditions and then the same conditions would be changed".

He was skeptic over the successful outcome of such a step from Sofia, because a possible decision to reopen the units must be regulated with an amendment in the Accession Treaty of Bulgaria and then ratified by all 26 member states.

"Personally, I would not recommend the reopening of the two units. I do not want to see Kozloduy back on the agenda," he said.

The EU energy chief's comments came in response to voices from Sofia that the current energy demands of the Union and the electricity needs on the Balkans call for review of the units' decommissioning.
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