Bulgarian Right-Wingers to Register Anti-Nuclear Plant Committee

December 3, 2012, Monday // 07:34
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Right-Wingers to Register Anti-Nuclear Plant Committee
BSP launched a petition for a referendum on the Russian-Bulgarian project's fate after the ruling centrist-right GERB scrapped the project in March. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria's Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party is to officially launch its campaign against the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.

The right-wingers will register their anti-nuclear committee with the country's Central Electoral Commission on Tuesday, local media inform.

Over 14 000 citizens have signed a petition against the development of nuclear energy in the country through the construction of a new nuclear power plant. The petition was launched by the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria.

A nuclear referendum was recently triggered by the oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party's desire to revive the abandoned Belene nuclear power plant project.

The pro-Belene party launched a petition for a referendum on the Russian-Bulgarian project's fate after the ruling centrist-right GERB scrapped the project in March. The original question of the petition was: "Should nuclear energy be developed in Bulgaria through the building of a Nuclear Plant at the Belene site?" However, GERB's parliamentary majority decided to edit the question, removing any specific reference to the Belene project.

DSB, which has reiterated its stance against the construction of Belene on numerous occasions, believes that the Bulgarian Socialist Party pursues the project because of its involvement in corruption schemes.


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