Bulgarian Parliament Confirms Decision to Scrap Belene N-Plant

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Bulgaria's Parliament confirmed Wednesday the country's decision to abandon the Belene nuclear power plant project.

The vote was prompted by a recent referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.

Under the law, the recent referendum results imposed for the Belene NPP to be put back on the Parliament's agenda, as voter turnout slightly exceeded 20%. 61% of the voters said "yes" to the construction of a new nuclear power plant; 39% cast a "no" ballot.

The right-wing Blue Coalition and the ruling center-right GERB have opposed plans for the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, while the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party and the far-right nationalist Ataka have fervently supported the project.

Ahead of the Tuesday sitting, the Blue Coalition tabled a proposal to scrap the project for good, while BSP countered with the exactly opposite one.

A total of 114 MPs voted in favor of the Blue Coalition's proposal, while 40 were against.

A total of 96 lawmakers voted against BSP's proposal, while 33 were in favor and one abstained.

Lawmakers from BSP and Ataka expressed their hope that the next Parliament will revive the project.

Borisov's GERB government scrapped the project for the construction of Belene back in March 2012. The move led Russia's Rosatom to file a suit with an international arbitration court in Paris.

After it was first started in the 1980s, the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant at Belene on the Danube was stopped in the early 1990s over lack of money and environmental protests.

The Belene NPP has been de facto frozen since the fall of 2009 when the previously selected strategic investor, the German company RWE, which was supposed to provide EUR 2 B in exchange for a 49% stake, pulled out.

Borisov and his Cabinet resigned last week amidst mass protest rallies against unbearable utility bills and wide-spread poverty that turned into a civil unrest against the political model of ruling the country.

On Wednesday, the Parliament also recommended that the government announce an international competition for bids on the construction of an additional nuclear unit on the site of the existing Kozloduy NPP.

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George Zheliazkov - 27 Feb 2013 // 19:42:19

“The right-wing Blue Coalition and the ruling center-right GERB have opposed plans for the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant”
Nuclear is the cheapest and cleanest way to produce electricity! You should also diversify with wind and solar but they have their major drawbacks! Nothing is perfect!
I said it before and I’ll say it again. “Beggars can’t be choosers!”
You see my fellow Bulgarian politicians, the moment you realize that Bulgaria is nothing more than a “beggar” today (at least that what you turned the country into) the better the economy and life will be.
Let me clarify:
EVERY opportunity should be utilized! By “scrapping” the NPP you destroyed thousands of jobs, cheaper electricity, a step towards a better and more technologically advanced economy, energy independence, technological developments and etc. etc. etc.
You can’t be picky and fussy dumbos! Who do you think you are…. Do you realize that Bulgaria is an uncompetitive micro economy heavily dependent on foreign investments…. Bulgaria is already the poorest country in the EU! What are you trying to do…..
Stop destroying your only opportunities or else you are on your way to disaster!
You messed up the country and the economy so badly that now no political party will be able to recover it for a very long time!