EU Foreign policy chief Javier Solana and External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten voiced concerns over the independence of the new Ukrainian nuclear regulator in a “strong message” to President Leonid Kuchma on a visit to Kiev yesterday (14 February).

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Series Details Vol 7, No.7, 15.2.01, p2
Publication Date 15/02/2001
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Date: 15/02/01

A regulator free of government interference was one of the conditions for the €870 million in European loans agreed last December for the completion of two new nuclear reactors. "There are people suggesting formulae that are not as independent as we would like," said an official close to the talks.

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