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Slovakia wants an additional €300 million to decommission V1 nuclear plant

Slovakia is seeking an additional €300 million from the European Commission to support the decommissioning of the nuclear reactors located in the V1 nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák said after a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on May 29. But he commented that EC is so far willing to contribute only €115 million, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia is seeking an additional €300 million from the European Commission to support the decommissioning of the nuclear reactors located in the V1 nuclear power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák said after a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on May 29. But he commented that EC is so far willing to contribute only €115 million, the SITA newswire reported.

“We have quantified and submitted to the European Commission our calculation of costs that added up to about €425 million, and therefore we wish to point out that the difference is very wide and we would very much appreciate if we received at least €300 million,” said Lajčák, as quoted by SITA.

In November of last year, the EC proposed to allocate to the decommissioning process more than €100 million in EU funds up to 2017. In addition to Slovakia, Bulgaria and Lithuania will also share money from a total proposed package of €500 million to decommission their Soviet-designed nuclear reactors.

The issue of the additional funds for decommissioning was also broached by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico during his visit to Brussels in April, where he told EC President José Manuel Barroso that Slovakia wants more money for the shutdown of the nuclear power plant, SITA wrote.

The two reactors of the V1 power plant in Jaslovské Bohunice, near Trnava, were shut down at the end of 2006 and 2008, respectively, in compliance with the terms of Slovakia’s entry into the EU.

Source: SITA

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