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MEPs criticise Slovakia over Jaslovské Bohunice power plant

The European Parliament has passed a resolution on the efficiency and effectiveness of EU funding in the area of decommissioning nuclear power plants in new EU member states that asks the European Commission to encourage Slovakia to decommission its reactors at the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant. MEPs are also asking the commission to provide subsidies for this purpose even after 2013, when the current financial framework is scheduled to terminate.

The European Parliament has passed a resolution on the efficiency and effectiveness of EU funding in the area of decommissioning nuclear power plants in new EU member states that asks the European Commission to encourage Slovakia to decommission its reactors at the Jaslovské Bohunice nuclear power plant. MEPs are also asking the commission to provide subsidies for this purpose even after 2013, when the current financial framework is scheduled to terminate.

According to older EU member states, "Soviet-type" reactors don't meet security standards and as a result new EU states agreed to put them out of operation during membership talks a decade ago. Currently, Slovakia, Lithuania and Bulgaria draw European funds allocated to decommissioning three old nuclear power plants: Jaslovské Bohunice in Slovakia, Ignalina in Lithuania, and Kozloduy in Bulgaria. The European Parliament levelled criticism at what it called inefficient procedures during the decommissioning processes at all three power plants. It is estimated that Slovakia will receive €613 million for decommissioning its power plant between 2007 and 2013.

Slovakia is preparing to undergo security and safety checks at its two nuclear power plants (Jaslovské Bohunice and Mochovce) in order to convince neighbouring Austria about their safety, Economy Minister Juraj Miškov (Freedom and Solidarity (SaS)) said in assurances given to his Austrian counterpart Reinhold Mitterlehner on Monday, April 4, the TASR newswire reported.

The meeting was dominated by two topics: security of nuclear energy and implementation of the EU directive on lifting the transitional barriers to employment in Austria. The Austrian side expressed hope that the upcoming tests of nuclear power plants could contribute to enhancing nuclear security in Europe.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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