Bulgaria New Finance Minister: BGN 500 M Sank in Belene Nuclear Plant

Energy | July 13, 2009, Monday // 11:25|  views

Bulgaria's new Finance Minister Djankov believes BGN 500 M had already disappeared in the construction of the Belene NPP. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Finance Minister nominee, Simeon Djankov, has declared that some BGN 500 M "disappeared" during the preparation for the construction of Belene Nuclear Power Plant.

Djankov said in an interview for the Standart Daily that BGN 800 M were spent for the clearing of the construction site in the town of Belene where Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant is to be constructed.

"In other countries with similar projects this activity costs BGN 250 M at most. I am perplexed as to where the other BGN 500 M went", Djankov is quoted as saying.

He also said that during the last few months the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy and Economy had made contracts for enormous sums of money in order to undermine the state budget for years to come.

Earlier, Bulgaria's PM-to-be, GERB leader Boyko Borisov asked outgoing Economy Minister Petar Dimitrov not sign any contracts or new deals.

Dimitrov himself denied Monday morning Djankov's allegations that BGN 500 M had gone missing. He said the facts presented by the new Finance Minister were untrue, and that he had presented the actual figures in the Parliament several times.


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Tags: Simeon Djankov, Minister of Finance, Belene NPP, Petar Dimitrov


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