Expansion Must Be Stopped at Paks Nuclear Station, Insists Opposition Párbeszéd

  • 13 Apr 2023 7:11 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Expansion Must Be Stopped at Paks Nuclear Station, Insists Opposition Párbeszéd
The opposition Párbeszéd party on Wednesday called for the project to expand the Paks nuclear power station to be abandoned.

Párbeszéd’s Benedek Jávor noted at an online press briefing that an amendment of earlier contracts on the project was announced after Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó’s visit to Moscow.

While Szijjártó has not made the details public, based on interviews and press reports in recent days, the new construction project may involve Rosatom abandoning its role as the main contractor, he added.

The Paks 2 project in its current form “is clearly a failure” and the government “admitted this by reviewing the contract”, he said. Jávor said a loan agreement was linked to a 2014 Russian-Hungarian nuclear cooperation deal, and parliament must approve any amendment of it.

If the amendment involves changing the main contractor, then its effects could be “catastrophic”, he said. It would mean the government taking all of the project’s financial and legal liabilities from Rosatom and burdening Hungarian taxpayers with it, he added.

Consequently, the Russians, as suppliers, would not bear any responsibility for cost increase in the project, and the cost could grow from the original 12.5 billion euros to “unforeseeable heights”, he said.

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