President Plevneliev Objects to the Referendum on Belene NPP
There will be no referendum on the future of Bulgaria's Belene nuclear power plant, as it would be illegal under the country's legislation, President Rosen Plevneliev explained on Friday. However, he clarified that a referendum can be held on the potential installment of new nuclear capacities. The topic is on the agenda. Plevneliev declared. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he would ask the President to initiate a referendum on Belene and on shale gas. In an interview for BNT, Borisov dismissed as "nonsense" reports that former Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov was axed because he had been against the project to build Belene with Russian financing. The PM stressed that he had sent Traikov and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov to Moscow to "tell the Russians that Bulgaria is giving up on the project."