Top court: No referendum needed on Paks nuke plant
The Supreme Court of Hungary (Kúria) today rejected the leftist alliance E-PM's appeal stating that there should be a referendum before the state takes out a loan to expand the Paks nuclear plant.
The E-PM petitioned the Kúria in May, after the court upheld a decision by the National Election Committee (NVB) ruling out a referendum on the expansion of the country's sole nuclear plant.
The Kúria announced that it rejected the petition as the fundamental law of Hungary states that holding a popular ballot can only be done on agreements that derive from obligations set forth in an international accord.
The referendum initiative was lodged by Viktor Szigetvári and Benedek Jávor. The question they wanted put to voters was: "Do you agree that the new reactor block should not be built in Hungary using a loan that inflates the public debt?"
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