Belene NPP Greenlit by Bulgarian Parliament

The possible restart of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project was greenlit in Bulgaria’s parliament.

The state will start looking into possible investors and conditions for building a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. The only parliamentary group that voted against the proposition was that of the Movements for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).

There were two parliamentary propositions for removing the “freeze” on the Belene project – that of GERB and of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. They were similar, but the proposition of GERB was voted in. With this motion, the PMs suggested to the council of ministers to lift the 2012 freeze of building the second Bulgarian nuclear power plant.

The GERB MP Alexander Nenkov stated: “We haven’t restarted anything, we are just giving a mandate for the next five months to determine investor interest.”

The DPS member Ramadan Atalai commented on the vote, claiming his party invited the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to the vote so he can explain what happened during his visit to Russia. In other words, DPS questioned whether he isn’t doing Russia’s bidding, as the country would be very involved in a potential nuclear power plant. These are strong accusations considering DPS gave a political rally to a Turkish presidential candidate recently.

On the other side of the coin, the United Patriots, a Bulgarian nationalist coalition, claimed DPS voted against Belene NPP in order to protect Turkish interests. Other types of accusations were also thrown around. The Belene NPP project is one of the most controversial energy plans in Bulgaria, and its renewal will probably cause even more scandals.



Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for

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