MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) - The EU has offered Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania additional funding to dismantle their nuclear power facilities, the Sofia News Agency reported on Friday.
Bulgaria received an additional EU commitment of 260 million euros for the closure of four units at the country's Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant as a draft 2014-2020 EU budget was presented by Herman van Rompuy.
The EU had initially proposed 185 million euros for the four units but Sofia said it needed a total of 450 million.
The Kozloduy plant, in operation since 1974, has raised safety concerns, and the country agreed to shut four of its units as a condition of joining the European Union in 2007.
Lithuania is to get EUR 400 million euros for its Ignalina nuclear plant, up from 210 million in an earlier proposal, while Slovakia will get 200 million for Bohunice, up from 105 million.
EU assistance aims to make the decommissioning irreversible and eliminate a major source of radiological hazard.