1. Is the Commission aware of the plans to build the Belene nuclear power station in northern Bulgaria, which have been in existence since the early 1980s, and the reasons why they have never been implemented?
2. Is the Commission aware that the area in question is subject to earthquakes, and that in 1977, 120 people were killed by one at a distance of 14 km from the planned site of the power station?
3. Is the Commission aware that, on account of this earthquake hazard, it was decided on previous occasions not to go ahead with the building of the power station, for example in 1983, when experts from the former Soviet Union advised against building it, in 1990, when the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences produced a 400‑page study warning of the consequences, and subsequently when the government formed on the basis of multi-party elections abandoned the project because it was technically unsafe and economically unviable?
4. Is the Commission aware that in 2006, despite this, the Bulgarian Government ordered from the Russian enterprise ‘Atomstroyexport’ two nuclear reactors of a type which has not yet been used anywhere else but that many foreign banks, including the Bayerische Landesbank, the Kommerzbank and UniCredit consider this project too controversial to participate in its co‑financing?
5. Has the Commission heard that the Bulgarian Government now expects Euratom and the European Investment Bank to provide loans for part of the financing of this project, following an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) pursuant to Articles 41 and 44 of the Euratom Treaty?
6. Has the Commission already had any contact about these expectations with the non-governmental organisations inside and outside Bulgaria which seriously object to this project and in addition with organisations and people who believe that corruption has played a part in the preparations?
7. How will the Commission guarantee that no money from European tax-payers is wasted on a project which all experts concerned have for a quarter of a century described as unsound and dangerous?
8. How will the Commission persuade the Bulgarian Government to definitively abandon this project?
9. How will the Commission help Bulgaria to develop safe and environmentally friendly alternative sources of energy which will render the Belene project superfluous?