Bulgaria votes for new nuclear plant

30 January 2013

The referendum, held on 27 January, asked voters whether or not nuclear energy should be developed in Bulgaria through the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

According to the Bulgarian Central Election Commission, 60.6% voted in favour of nuclear energy with 37.9% opposed. There were 1.4 million voters.

The referendum was called by the Bulgarian Socialist Party in an effort to force the ruling centre-right government to review its decision not to build two 1000-megawatt VVER units at the existing Belene nuclear site.

According to Bulgarian law, if the referendum turnout is over 20%, and more than half of the votes are positive, the question is tabled for debate in parliament. The turnout needs to be at least 60% for the result to be binding.



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