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PRIME MINISTER IMPRESSED ON HIS VISIT TO KOZLODOUI

I am adamant that our neighbours' apprehensions regarding the N-plant's safety are groundless, Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha said after visiting the Nuclear Power Plant of Kozlodoui on January 28. In international circles it is assumed that Bulgaria is a stabilizing factor in the Balkans due to the fact that it supplies energy, and the issue should be considered from this point of view as well, the Premier commented. In 2001 the N-plant of Kozlodoui generated 44% of the total electricity output in Bulgaria, PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha pointed out.This is a unique plant which could be credit for each country, the Premier said at a briefing for journalists. However, the Premier emphasized that the Cabinet is obliged to fulfill the country's commitments to the European Union, undertaken by former governments. Therefore, we must find the best solution - a balance between Bulgaria's strategic interests and those of the citizens, the PM said, specifying that a plan for the economic development of the region is being worked out, which would protect the interests of Kozlodoui's population after the decommissioning the N-plant's units.No technical reasons for closure of generators 3 and 4 exist. They can be efficient and working for another 30 years, Kozlodoui's Director Yordan Kostadinov said during the Prime Minister's meeting with the N-Plant's management. A presentation on the situation in Kozlodoui was made, underlining the safety of the N-Plant. According to the Bulgarian Government, the high consumption of electricity per capita will be a hindrance to the development of a competive economy in the country. The consumption of electricity in Bulgaria is four times higher than in Turkey, two-three times more than in Hungary and the Czech Republic, and 40% more than in Romania.

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