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ElBaradei praises Slovakia's achievements in nuclear safety

SLOVAKIA has made great progress modernising and improving security measures at its nuclear facilities, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in Bratislava on June 1.

Speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, ElBaradei also praised cooperation between the agency and Slovakia, adding that it mainly provides Slovakia with advisory services.

"Slovakia has made great progress over the past few years as far as the modernisation of its nuclear facilities is concerned. This results from the efforts of Slovakia and the international community," he said.

ElBaradei would not comment on the recent controversy related to the possible completion of two blocks of the country's nuclear power plant in Mochovce and suspension of the closure of the Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear plant.

The completion of the Mochovce plant, recently proposed by Slovak Economy Minister Pavol Rusko, is strongly opposed by neighbouring Austria.

As for the Jaslovske Bohunice power plant, Slovakia pledged to shut down its V1 block in the period between 2006 and 2008 in its accession treaty with the European Union. A number of opposition parties, mainly in the opposition, have urged the government to reopen discussion on this issue at the EU level, but the union's senior officials have warned that changes are unlikely, as they would require the approval of all EU member countries.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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