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European Commission Rejects Reports of Blocking Hungary-Russia Nuclear Plant Project

Rosatom on Friday said the project of building new reactors for the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary was originally approved by the European Commission and the Hungarian government.

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BRUSSELS, March 13, (TASS) - The European Commission has rejected media reports that it blocked the Russia-Hungary nuclear power plant project, EC spokesperson Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said on Friday.

"You asked whether the European Commission is blocking the project. No, we’re not blocking the Paks construction," she said at a press conference in Brussels in reply to a journalists’ question.

<figcaption>Russia and Hungary signed documents in January 2014 on building new power units.</figcaption>
Russia and Hungary signed documents in January 2014 on building new power units.

Russian civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom on Friday said the project of building new reactors for the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary was originally approved by the European Commission and the Hungarian government.

"We have nothing to add to the position of Hungarian government representatives who are demanding that The Financial Times retract its information," a Rosatom spokesman said.

"We have the same data: the Paks NPP expansion was at the start approved by the European Commission and the Hungarian authorities," he added.

The Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources that the European Commission had supported the nuclear watchdog Euroatom’s rejection of Hungary’s plans "to import nuclear fuel exclusively from Russia."

"The decision, details of which were kept secret, came at a meeting in Brussels last week of all 28 EU commissioners, including Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics," The Financial Times reported, adding the ruling blocked "the whole Paks II expansion."

 

 
 

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