EC to approve allotment of EUR 300 mln compensation for shutdown Kozloduy NPP units

On Tuesday the European Commission (EC) would approve allotment of EUR 300 mln in compensation for shutdown units of Kozloduy NPP. The Bulgarian National Television has learned the proposal on the compensation deposed by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has not raised contradictions among EU Commissioners. Thus they would sign the proposal in Tuesday not at the regular session on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the EC would answer to the long insistence of several Bulgarian governments’ compensations for the shutdown of Kozloduy NPP units to be risen. It was noted in the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria to EU the country should receive EUR 210 mln in the first three years since the accession i.e. until the end of 2009. José Barroso has revealed the extra money, which Bulgaria would probably receive after 2009 during Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov visit to Brussels in September:

“This means Bulgaria will receive as of EUR 300 mln until the end of 2013. This investment shows our will Bulgaria to integrate at the European energy market. The EU must support Bulgaria and help it as it has helped others,” Barroso said.

For example, while compensations for Bulgaria, envisaged in the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria to EU were for three years only for Latvia and Slovakia the time term was double. The EC proposal has to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.

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