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LMP Submits Demand for Data of Public Interest over Rosatom Move to Budapest

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.27.

Green opposition LMP will submit a demand for data of public interest in order to learn the costs and consequences of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation relocating its regional centre to Budapest, the party’s group leader said on Saturday.

“Rosatom’s advances” involve a number of risks which LMP will initiate to be assessed by parliament’s national security committee, László Lóránt Keresztes said.

One of the reasons for the Russian company’s move could be Russian President Vladimir Putin wanting to keep closer control over Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in order to “enforce by all means” the “deeply flawed” Paks nuclear power plant development project, he said.

The Paks project could end up costing twice as much as the currently announced cost of 4,000 billion forints (EUR 12.1bn) and this would prevent Hungary from moving towards greater renewable energy use, he said. Keresztes insisted that nuclear energy was not green energy because nuclear power stations emit a huge amount of hazardous materials over their life cycle and uranium mining is extremely damaging to the environment.

Featured photo via László Lóránt Keresztes’ Facebook page