EU issues first rumblings against reopening Kozloduy

Publish date: January 18, 2009

The European Union’s Commissioner for or Consumers’ Protection, Meglena Kuneva, issued the European body’s first salvo against Bulgaria restarting reactors at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant – a notion Sofia is vocally considering to combat gas shortages amid Russian and Ukrainian gas price and transport wrangling.

Kuneva emphasised in statements reported by the Focus 1 Information Agency that further discussions of energy in Europe should centre around “a plan for reconstruction and development, because there are many devices for the energy efficiency in that plan.”

Kuneva also underscored that Bulgaria was compensated by the EU for the closure of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant, which was a condition of the counties acceptance into to the EU in 2006.

“With our signature we have undertaken engagements that these nuclear units would be closed off because they couldn’t be renewed”, she said, according to Focus 1.

“Besides the EU has offered to give financial assistance to Bulgaria, which the state has taken,” she added.