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Parliament Refuses to Consider Draft Decision for Construction of New N-plant Units
Parliament Refuses to Consider Draft Decision for Construction of New N-plant Units
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Parliament rejected Thursday a proposal for consideration of a draft decisions for the construction of new capacities at the Kozloduy N-plant and proceeded with the other items on its daily agenda. Considering the draft decision was proposed by the chair of the parliamentary energy committee, Delyan Dobrev (GERB) but was rejected by the plenary with 102 votes in favour, 61 against and 51 abstentions.

The draft decision instructs the Council of Ministers to start negotiations with the South Korean company Hyundai for the construction of units VII and VIII of Kozloduy. The company is the only one that meets the technical and financial conditions set for the project's contractor to form a consortium with Westinghouse, whose technology AP-1000 will be used for the reactors.

GERB leader Boyko Borissov said he was disappointed by the decision of Continue the Change - Democratic Bulgaria not to support the consideration of the draft decision and called it "a bad sign". 

Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) floor leader Delyan Peevski said the rejection by a majority of the motion to consider the Kozloduy decision was "unthinkable". He added that "the outstanding Euro-Atlanticists of Continue the Change - Democratic Bulgaria are ruining the Westinghouse project for an N-plant". 

Radoslav Ribarski of Continue the Change - Democratic Bulgaria commented for the press that the proposal of GERB and MRF is to pick one specific company to start talks with Westinghouse on forming a consortium to build the nuclear reactors. "We wanted to consider at least two companies to improve the chances for a better price for the future reactors at Kozloduy," he explained. He argued further that such a decision should not be made by Parliament but by the Kozloduy N-plant. "They are trying again to use Parliament to dictate decisions to the executive and we just have to stop doing that," said Ribarski.

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