Brussels seems to be less worried about Orban’s desire for closer ties with Russia than it used to be, at least regarding the project to expand the Paks nuclear power plant. While the EU Commission sharply criticized Budapest in 2015 for handing Russia a €12.5bn contract to expand the facility, last year officials from the EU executive advised Hungary on how best to justify the project, according to press reports. The commission had long questioned the fiscal wisdom and legality of the intergovernmental agreement between Moscow and Budapest struck in 2014 to expand Hungary’s sole nuclear facility. Twin probes were launched into the project the following year: an infringement procedure concerning public procurement rules and a state-aid investigation.
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