Bulgaria Drops N-Plant Project from Nuclear Referendum

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Drops N-Plant Project from Nuclear Referendum Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Bulgarian Parliament expectedly voted in favor of dropping the name of the Belene nuclear power plant project from the upcoming referendum on the fate of the country's nuclear energy.

The government of the ruling center-right GERB party scrapped in March 2012 the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in the Danube town of Belene, declaring it economically unfeasible. The pro-Belene oppositional  Bulgarian Socialist Party then launched a petition for a referendum on the Russian-Bulgarian project's fate.

The original question of the petition was: "Should nuclear energy be developed in Bulgaria through the building of a Nuclear Plant at the Belene site?"

The edited question, which was proposed by GERB, postulates: "Should atomic energy be developed in Bulgaria through the building of a new Atomic Plant?" The ruling party stated that a referendum on a particular project would be unconstitutional.

Despite protests from BSP, a total of 106 lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favor of the edited question, while 7 MPs voted against.

BSP and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms did not take part in the vote, as they left in sign of protest.

The Socialists once again argued that GERB disregarded the opinion of over 700 000 people who had signed their petition by altering the referendum question.

The left-wing party is yet to announce whether it will refer the matter to the Constitutional Court.

The referendum is expected to take place in the second half of January.

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DP - 25 Oct 2012 // 20:27:03

Sorry for the confusion : correction goes to the year of the monarchy being established in 1878 rather than 1978 .

DP - 25 Oct 2012 // 20:23:48

correction : read 1878

DP - 25 Oct 2012 // 20:22:07

Some facts worth mentioning: In 1876 there was no Bulgarian state in existence. Democracy is form of government and therefore can’t be used in the context of nonexistent country state.

The impression one can gets from Sofianets’s post that Bulgaria has been a Republic for ever is erroneous too. Bulgaria was a monarchy from 1978 till September 1946 (not to mention the previous two kingdoms).

Levski was a Bulgarian patriot and revolutionary, but was not the only one. Let Bulgarians speak on that matter, sir, as one saying popular among Bulgarian Sofiantsi goes: Позволете на Френската Полиция да говори Френски [let the French Police speak French.. .:-)]

Sofianits - 25 Oct 2012 // 17:57:02

Of course, it is extraneous to comment, that not the slightest semblance of Democracy has ever existed in the Republic of Bulgaria. Not Ever. Not from 1876. And, so, no one is surprised at the latest legislative atrocity.
There have been no Bulgarian patriot since Vasil Levski. How about you? Like to step up, or would you just be satisfied for being paid off?

peterperfect - 25 Oct 2012 // 09:52:18

Is belene a "new" N-plant? or could it be construed as an existing plan? With all the political wrangling over this project that has taken place over the past couple of weeks with accusations and denials that the project is going ahead I suspect there may be more than meets the eye with the removal of the name "Belene" from the referendum wording. Watch this spot.

Sveto - 24 Oct 2012 // 20:52:50

Hey Sofianits you obviously are a communist rat. Pathetic garbage in a constant crusade of complaining for everything instead of actually starting to work for a change!
What a cry-babies, bunch of losers. Go to Greece where your rights will be respected and there will be plenty of democracy, or better yet if you want to see the real picture feel free to jump over to Venezuela, or Ecuador.

Sofianits - 24 Oct 2012 // 19:49:15

There is no representative government in Bulgaria.
There is no democracy in Bulgaria.
There is no justice in Bulgaria.

But, of course, we all know that.

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