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Brussels (MTI) – Government office chief János Lázár said on Friday that he saw a good chance for the Hungarian government and the European Commission to come to an agreement on the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant in the near future.

“We have come close to finding a joint solution for allaying the concerns and doubts that were justly or unjustly raised about the upgrade project,” Lázár told MTI after meeting Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, in Brussels.

Lázár said he was optimistic about the prospects of the project.

“We will make every possible effort so that the ongoing procedures concerning enlargement . be concluded before the summer recess,” he said.

“We will put forward a complete proposal next week,” Lázár said, noting that the commissioner gave a chance for Hungary to make a proposal for settling the situation.

The government office chief expressed hope that “we will find a mutually reassuring solution through constructive joint efforts.”

The commission launched an in-depth investigation into Hungary’s plan to provide financing for the upgrade of the Paks plant last November. It said it would in particular assess whether a private investor would have financed the project on similar terms or whether Hungary’s investment constitutes state aid.

Hungary has signed an intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the construction and financing for the Paks upgrade.


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