Ruling on Bulgaria's N-plant No Obstacle for EU Talks

Politics | March 31, 2003, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court, which revoked the Cabinet's decision for the closure of Kozloduy Nuclear Units 3 and 4 in 2006, will not hamper negotiations with the European Union, Bulgaria's Euro-integration Minister Meglena Kuneva, said.

The rulings of the Bulgarian court are effective on the territory of Bulgaria only and have no impact on the position on Energy chapter of the acquis, adopted at an intergovernmental conference of the European Union member states.

The Energy Chapter was successfully closed in October 2002.

At the beginning of January, the three-member panel of the Supreme Administrative Court revoked the Cabinet's decision, which approved additional information on the Energy chapter of the acquis.

By that additional information, Bulgaria undertook to close Kozloduy Units 3 and 4 units in 2006 in exchange for a commitment to a new technical expert inspection or peer review of the two reactors' safety.

The court acted upon a request by leftist MPs, led by Lyuben Kornezov. The Cabinet filed three appeals against the decision of the Court ten days ago - on the part of the Cabinet, the Foreign Minister, Euro-integration Minister and Energy Minister. The government claimed that the case did not have to be reviewed by the court since the acts regarding the foreign policy were not under judicial control.
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