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PÁRBESZÉD CALLS ON GOVT TO CANCEL 'ILLEGITIMATE' PAKS DEAL

 

The Hungary-Russia agreement concerning an upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant is against regulations effective at the time of its signing in 2014, Benedek Jávor, MEP of opposition Párbeszéd, said, calling on the government to terminate the contested contract. Jávor noted that under a court ruling in February, the company in charge of the Paks upgrade was obliged to publish the contracts governing the upgrade project.

Jávor argued that the contracts, drafted in English and Russian, violated the requirement that agreements concerning national assets should be written in Hungarian. Stipulations at the time also made it mandatory that such agreements should be governed by Hungarian law, whereas the contracting Hungarian government and Russian company Rosatom agreed that the Paks deal would be governed by Swiss regulations, he added. As a further problem, Jávor mentioned that under the contract, the Russian party would be granted the right to disassemble the plant’s four current blocks at the end of their lifespan, without any competition. In addition, no obligation is included for the Russian side to supply spares for the two new blocks, he added. On another subject, Jávor said his party was expecting to win 3 seats in the next European Parliament.