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European Commission calls on Hungary to halt procurements for Paks nuclear expansion

Commission to call off procurements for Hungary’s Paks nuclear expansion, Portfolio
November 17, 2015,  
The European Commission found that Hungarian authorities failed to comply with European Union public procurement rules when they awarded a project for the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant to Russia’s Rosatom directly, without a tender, BruxInfo reported on Tuesday. The portal has learned that the EC will on Thursday send a letter of formal notice to Budapest, calling on the cabinet to suspend all ongoing and planned supply operations related to the Paks 2 project.

The cabinet will be given two months to reply and the EU executive will decide in view of the comments whether it accepts the reply or takes the case to the next stage.

The next stage is a reasoned opinion which is sent when the country in questions does not reply or the reply is unsatisfactory. In this case the Commission states reasons why it believes the Member State has breached EU law.

Considering the seriousness of the suspected non-compliance with EU law, the Commission is expected to call on Budapest to suspend any and all ongoing procurement procedures related to the Paks 2 project and refrain from signing new contracts to this end.

The Commission did not confirm or deny the report. The EC will announce new developments ininfringement procedures on Thursday and the Paks dossier may be part of that package.

Read more about the EUR 12.5 billion NPP expansion projects and the problems it has been facing at the links below. ………http://www.portfolio.hu/en/economy/commission_to_call_off_procurements_for_hungarys_paks_nuclear_expansion.30486.html

November 18, 2015 - Posted by | EUROPE, Legal

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