Work on the upgrade of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant is “proceeding according to plan”, the local unit of Russia’s Rosatom, the general contractor for the project, told regional news agency Paks-Press on Monday.
“Rosatom has always fulfilled and is fulfilling all of its contractual obligations,” Rosatom Central Europe told Paks-Press.
The state of Russia is financing 80 percent of the cost of building two more blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant which accounts for about half of domestic electricity generation.
In the meantime, an adviser to the opposition Párbeszéd party called on the government to terminate the contract to expand the plant.
Due to the recent sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU and other international players, the project has become “unrealisable in practice”,
Benedek Jávor said.
A former MEP, Jávor added that the sober-minded were aware that projects enhancing dependence on Russia undermined the security of the country concerned, as well as that of the European Union as a whole. Jávor blamed the government of having rushed into the Paks 2 project, and “putting all its eggs in one basket” by discouraging the use of wind power and alternative sources of energy.
Meanwhile, the government’s aid programme to help Ukrainian citizens fleeing from war has collected 65 million forints (EUR 178,000) in donations, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi said on Monday. The programme was launched on Friday “to help ethnic Hungarians and anyone fleeing Ukraine for their lives”, the prime minister’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyás, said last week.
Aid centres set up on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border will receive 10 million forints each of the funds, which were collected through a phone line and charity organsations.
Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and state relations and head of the National Humanitarian Coordination Council, said the aid points further inland in the localities of Lónya, Barabás, Beregsurány and Tiszabecs would also receive support to “ensure order and free passage” near the border.