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Jun 28, 2017

No referendum over Paks nuclear plant

Hungary's highest court referred to the constitution and said in its binding decision that questions affecting international agreements cannot be put to a plebiscite

Hungary’s supreme court, the Kúria, has upheld a decision by the National Election Committee, under which the opposition LMP party cannot initiate a referendum concerning the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant.

According to MTI, Hungary's highest court referred to the constitution and said in its binding decision that questions affecting international agreements cannot be put to a plebiscite.

The LMP sought public support to thwart the Paks project unless at least one third of Hungary’s energy production, including the planned two new blocks at Paks, would be ensured through using renewable energies.

Meanwhile, the Kúria turned down an appeal by the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) against the National Election Committee’s (NVB) decision to reject the party’s referendum initiative in connection with the higher education law affecting the Central European University (CEU).