Conservative opposition Jobbik has proposed that a parliamentary committee should be set up to review the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant, party lawmaker and deputy head of the sustainable development committee Lajos Kepli said. Jobbik expects to have enough signatures from lawmakers to set up a committee, and possibly a cooperation of all opposition parties on the matter, Kepli told a press conference.
Jobbik has always supported the peaceful use of nuclear energy but, as the project went along, an increasing number of economic and financial problems surfaced, he said. The majority of Hungarians is against the upgrade of the plant, Kepli insisted, adding that a referendum should be held to determine the future of nuclear energy production in the country.
Hungary signed a contract with Moscow in January 2014 on the construction of two blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant by Russia’s Rosatom. Russia has agreed to lend Hungary 10 billion euros to cover 80% of the project’s costs.