Hungary and Russia sealed a natural gas deal, during the official visit Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hungary.
The talks included economic agreements between their countries, as well as gas contract renewal and Russia's financing of two new nuclear reactors in Hungary. As a result, Hungary received from Kremlin more favorable terms for natural-gas supplies. Under the terms of the deal, Hungary will pay Russia only for the gas it actually consumes, as opposed to the volume it contracts, lowering costs for Hungarian authorities. The new gas contract, replaces a 20-year contract that expires this year, allowing Hungary to use roughly 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas it was already charged for, but did not previously consume because of lower-than-expected demand. Hungary relies on Russia for 70% of its gas. Putin’s visit triggered protests of thousands Hungarians, calling on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stop what they called the "Putinization" of Hungary. [emp]
EU-komission kilpailuviranomaiset ja Euroopan atomienergiayhteisö ovat alkaneet tutkia Unkarin Rosatomilta tekemiä voimalaitostilauksia. Sittemmin Euratom on kieltänyt sopimuksen ja EU-komissio tukee kieltoa. Ennusteeni on, että lopulta Unkari kuitenkin tekee mitä tahtoo.
Tähän on tietysti vihreiden Ville NIINISTÖ päässyt esittämään kitinänsä Fennovoima-sopimuksen kieltämiseksi (14 Mar 2015).