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Brussels, 27 October 2009

The Commission proposes an extension of Community decommissioning support for Bulgaria until 2013

The European Commission adopted today a new Proposal for a Council Regulation on the extension of financial support to Bulgaria for the decommissioning of units 1 to 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant and for the mitigation of the economical consequences.

President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso said, " I am extremely pleased that we are able to propose the extension of our support to the decommissioning of Kozloduy. This investment in a safer and more sustainable Bulgarian energy network illustrates our desire to see Bulgaria fully integrated into the common European energy market. I believe this is an important signal of European solidarity and our determination to treat all member states equally".

Financial support for the decommissioning of the Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant would have ended by December 2009 if no new extension decision had been taken.

For Lithuania and Slovakia, being in a comparable situation regarding decommissioning, Ignalina and Bohunice, financial support for decommissioning had already been safeguarded up to the end of 2013.

In accordance with the Accession Treaty, Bulgaria has closed units 1 to 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant for subsequent decommissioning. By end 2009 the EU will have provided €550 million as financial assistance for supporting Bulgaria in its efforts to decommission and to address the economic consequences of the closure of the nuclear power plants. The present Commission's Proposal covers a sum of € 300 million for the time period 2010-2013.

For the continuation of safe decommissioning of the four Kozloduy reactor units and for mitigating the economical consequences, Bulgaria has submitted a request for extending the financial support until 2013.

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