Budapest, December 8 (MTI) – A Hungarian opposition MEP has turned to the European Commission asking for a review of Hungary’s Paks nuclear plan upgrade in connection with EU competition rules.
The fact that the Russian Rosatom had won the contract for the Paks expansion without an international tender is against EU law, Benedek Javor told a press conference in Budapest on Monday. He said the EU was sure to conclude that the government’s failure to call a tender for the project was a breach of procurement laws. He called on the EU to find the legal breach and oblige Hungary’s government to terminate the Paks contract.
Javor said he submitted the complaint on Thursday and based on the average processing time of similar cases a decision could come within 18 months.
Hungary signed an agreement on Jan. 14, 2014, on the construction of two blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant by Russia’s Rosatom. Russia is lending Hungary 10 billion euros at variable rates of 3.95-4.95 percent interest to cover 80 percent of the project’s costs.