Incumbents Propose General Referendum Question on Future of Nuclear Energy

Incumbents Propose General Referendum Question on Future of Nuclear Energy

The ruling centre-right party GERB has suggested that the question in the forthcoming referendum should be about the future of nuclear energy in Bulgaria in general, rather than whether to build a second nuclear plant in Belene.

The motion would be made for a referendum on the same subject but the question would be phrased accurately, in compliance with the law, the state-run Bulgarian News Agency, BTA, quoted GERB deputy floor leader Iskra Fidossova as telling journalists in Parliament on Wednesday.

According to GERB, the question should be: "Should we develop the nuclear energy industry in Bulgaria through the construction of a new nuclear power plant?"

Earlier this year the government decided to drop a project to build a nuclear power plant in the Danubian town of Belene. The decision prompted the Bulgarian Socialist Party to collect 543,639 signatures in support of staging a referendum on the issue.


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