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State aid for Hungary’s Paks 2 Nuclear Plant breaches rule of law multiple times

The planned financing of the new Paks nuclear plant constitutes an unlawful state aid, and breaches the European rule of law multiple times, says Energiaklub and Greenpeace. Therefore, Energiaklub filed a submission to the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, asking them to investigate the subsidy plan the Hungarian government constructed, and to take the necessary measures if needed. Greenpeace also filed a complaint to the Commission back in April. The two organisations have also requested an investigation by the Compliance Committee of the Aarhus Convention.

Paks Nuclear Expansion: consumers will pay for it

„The new nuclear units, if ever built, will operate until 2075. Who can decide responsibly about such a commitment? Most of them will not even be alive at that time” – András Perger said in his exposition. According to the project manager of Energiaklub the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant is an investment of several decades and its price will exceed 10 billion Euros. However, forecasting is difficult, as there is hardly any information available ont he planned...


The expansion of Paks Nuclear Power Plant has been a persistent issue in parliamentary politics, still, only little information has been leaking about the details of decision making. However, the investment amounting to billions of Euros would determine Hungary’s energy policy and economy for decades. Meanwhile, essential questions are not answered.

Several thousand barrels of nuclear waste – stored irregularly

Several thousand barrels of low and medium activity radioactive waste were stored in Bátaapáti for years without having confirmed the geological suitability of the site – this is part of the ombudsman’s statement issued in December after a serious investigation. Afterwards the Commissioner for Future Generations called on several relevant authorities, the government and the minister for rural development to take measures. There are still some issues to be cleared before the final...


Revealed: British government's plan to play down Fukushima

Internal emails seen by Guardian show PR campaign was launched to protect UK nuclear plans after tsunami in Japan.

British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.

Secret expansion in Paks – who should know the details of the expansion?

While the atomic profession has long been promising open and honest communication to the public sensitive to nuclear issues, it is not willing to present the costs of the preparation project for the planned expansion in Paks. The Energia Klub considers it data of public utility and chose to institute legal action against Paks for the publicity of such information.

The immune few

Papcsák assumed office in the summer; he presented large-scale plans at his introductory press conference. He named affairs from those surrounding the casino construction in Sukoró through the land sales in Bábolna through sale of the headquarter of the Hungarian Post Office to the offshore interests of state leaders; but he emphasised three issues specifically: the offshore links of the Wallis group, the money flowing from the Magyar Villamos Művek (MVM) to offshore companies and the abuse...

Media analysis of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster

In this research we are presenting the appearance of the disaster of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Hungarian online press (Index, Origó, NOL, MNO, Hetiválasz, Figyelőnet, HVG) with quantitative methods. However, we did not limit our research to news reports on the Fukushima disaster, but included all articles referencing Fukushima. This enables us to follow how reports on the events unfolded, from economic effects through news items about victims, damages and the dangers of...


In our study we analyze how the mainstream Hungarian online press discussed the events of the Fukushima nuclear accident. We were asked to focus on the Hungarian contexts and analyze the ways atomic energy; the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and the Hungarian energy policy were mentioned and discussed in the context of the Japanese events.