Bulgaria Asks EU for More Money for Nuke Reactors Closure

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Bulgaria Asks EU for More Money for Nuke Reactors Closure Bulgaria’s PM Sergey Stanishev (2nd L) meets with officials from EU member countries at the EU summit in Brussels. Photo by www.government.bg

Bulgaria demands that after 2009 it receives additional financial support for the decommissioning of Units 1 - 4 of its only nuclear power plant in Kozloduy.

That position was stated by Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev during his meetings in Brussels, including talks with his Spanish colleague Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and with UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The talks are taking place within the EU summit under the EU rotating presidency of the UK.

The demand for additional financing is a result of the fact that under a suggestion of the UK presidency such financial aid will be allocated to Lithuania and Slovakia, whose nuclear power plants are also to be decommissioned.

Bulgaria is basing its demands on a comparative characteristic of the losses the three countries will suffer and the compensations they would get, Stanishev told the Bulgarian journalists in Brussels.

A text with Bulgaria's position on that issue has been circulated to all delegations of the member countries.

Bulgaria is also calling that a text for the relations between the EU and Libya, concerning the case with the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in the African country is included in the conclusions of the European council.

I wanted to inform Olli Rehn on what we have achieved over the last moths after the EU report was published, Stanishev explained. He has informed Rehn on what Bulgaria has achieved in crime and corruption fight and for its plans for Constitution reforms.

I intend from now on to personally inform Olli Rehn on what Bulgaria is doing in its efforts to join the Union, the prime minister underlined.
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