EC: Paks talks must continue

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Hungary was in talks with the European Unionʼs Euratom Supply Agency yesterday about plans to provide fuel to the Paks nuclear power plant after its pending upgrade according to an EC spokeserson, but she would not confirm cabinet chief János Lázárʼs assertion that an agreement was reached.

"The Commission understands that the Hungarian authorities and the Euratom Supply Agency have resumed talks on the nuclear fuel supply contract to ensure its compatibility with European rules," Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, a Commission spokeswoman, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Hungary has reached a deal with Russian firm Rosatom for the upgrading of the nuclear plant at Paks, which supplies most of the countryʼs electricity, but the EUʼs regulator Euratom had opposed the part of the deal pertaining to the supplying of fuel for the site because it would have made Russia the sole fuel supplier for the plant.

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