N-PLANT UNITS 3, 4 MUST BE SHUT 2006, AUSTRIA’S CHANCELLOR SAID

Politics | March 21, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

Nuclear Power plant Kozloduy units 3 and 4 are to be decommissioned in 2006 as agreed with the European Commission, Austria’s Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel unequivocally pointed out at the press conference after his meeting with Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg. The date fixed for shutting down the first two units are 2002, he said. According to Chancellor Schuessel the “compromise” between the EC’s demand for earlier decommissioning and the insistence of Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia on a later date has the statute of an intergovernmental decision and the EU countries will comply with it. European nuclear power plants safety was one of the topics discussed at the meeting of two officials. An agreement on the necessity to improve the safety of nuclear plants in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia has been reached. Bulgaria’s prospects for EU entry and the possibilities for bigger Austrian investments in Bulgaria were also on the agenda of the two officials meeting. Deputy Prime Minister Nikolay Vassilev, Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Petkov and the Executive Director of the Privatization Agency Apostol Apostolov are among the Bulgarian officials in Austria. The Bulgarian delegation left for Austria on March 20. The visit began with a meeting with Bulgarian students. The officials also attended the inauguration of an Austrian-Bulgarian business club. This is the first visit of Saxe-Coburg to Austria. His visit was preceded by a visit of Foreign Minister Passy.

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