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Ex-minister attacks Austria talks

AN APOLOGY and an assurance made by Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová to her Austrian counterpart during a visit to Vienna on September 12 concerning past and future processes used to complete two additional nuclear reactors at Slovakia's Mochovce power plant was an expression of weakness, according to Ľubomír Jahnátek, a former economy minister who is now an MP for the opposition Smer party.

AN APOLOGY and an assurance made by Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová to her Austrian counterpart during a visit to Vienna on September 12 concerning past and future processes used to complete two additional nuclear reactors at Slovakia's Mochovce power plant was an expression of weakness, according to Ľubomír Jahnátek, a former economy minister who is now an MP for the opposition Smer party.

During talks with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Radičová assured him that the completion of the new reactor units at Mochovce will be done transparently. Austria had expressed dismay at a unilateral decision by the previous Slovak government in May to end an international environmental impact assessment of the construction of the third and fourth units at the nuclear power plant.



“The inappropriate servility of the prime minister with regard to such a strategic project is an expression of weakness, which evokes undue inferiority of Slovakia vis-a-vis Austria,” Jahnátek said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

He said Slovakia had observed all standard procedures in accordance with international agreements in the finalisation of the construction plans for the third and fourth units of the facility.


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