Bulgarian Economics and Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov called Sunday on the European Union to double the compensation paid for shutting down the Kosloduj power plants on the river Danube. ( dpa )
The two power plants were built on a Soviet model, and under the agreement with the bloc, had to be shut down before Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 for security reasons.
Compensation from Brussels would come to 550 million euros (870 million dollars) by 2009.
However, Dimitrov said, " Bulgaria expects these funds to be doubled."
Talks had already begun with the EU Commission, he added.
After Bulgaria's admission to the bloc, the government in Sofia had tried unsuccessfully to start operating the power plants again as Bulgarian electricity exports to the Balkans had dwindled.