Energy Tops Bulgaria PM's Agenda in Brussels

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Bulgaria: Energy Tops Bulgaria PM's Agenda in Brussels The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, (front left) will confer Thursday with Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev (back right). Photo by archive

Energy security and economic issues will top the agenda of Thursday's meeting of Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.

EC Spokesman Mark Gray said that the meeting is taking place at Stanishev's request.

Stanishev is also scheduled to meet with EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and with EU Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia.

At the end of February the spokesperson for the Commissioner on Energy said the European Commission is likely to pay further compensations to Bulgaria for the two closed reactors at the country's Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

Brussels has paid all EUR 550 M of compensations that it had promised for the decommissioning of the two units in 2006.

Bulgaria's Socialist-led government has recently called on Brussels to compensate the country for the double blow of the gas crisis and the global economic slowdown by allowing a restart of the units.

The European Commission however has been adamant that a relaunch of the two Soviet-era reactors at Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant is out of the question.
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