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Párbeszéd Calls on Govt to Cancel ‘Illegitimate’ Paks Deal

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.23.

The Hungary-Russia agreement concerning an upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant is against regulations effective at the time of its signing in 2014, Benedek Jávor, MEP of opposition Párbeszéd, told a press conference on Tuesday, calling on the government to terminate the contested contract.

Jávor noted that under a court ruling in February, the company in charge of the Paks upgrade was obliged to publish the contracts governing the upgrade project.

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Jávor argued that the contracts, drafted in English and Russian, violated the requirement that agreements concerning national assets should be written in Hungarian.

Stipulations at the time also made it mandatory that such agreements should be governed by Hungarian law, whereas the contracting Hungarian government and Russian company Rosatom agreed that the Paks deal would be governed by Swiss regulations, he added.

As a further problem, Jávor mentioned that under the contract, the Russian party would have the right to disassemble the plant’s four current blocks at the end of their lifespan, without any competition. In addition, no obligation is included for the Russian side to supply spares for the two new blocks, he added.

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On another subject, Jávor said his party was expecting to win 3 seats in the next European Parliament.

On the featured photo: Benedek Jávor. Photo by Boglárka Bodnár/MTI