Are Bulgarian reactor parts sold to Ukraine?


In July 2023, media reported that Ukraine has started discussions to purchase Bulgaria’s two Russian-made nuclear reactors that were foreseen for the Belene site with EU money.

The Joint Project sent a letter to the European Commission to verify:

  • Can the EC confirm the Ukrainian side´s interest in the Bulgarian Belene equipment to be bought and exported to Ukraine?
  • Is it possible that funds from the European Union could be used for this deal?
  • Is any type of funding of nuclear reactors in Ukraine, be it Khmelnitzky or another site, possible with EC financial support? Could EIB or EBRD be involved in nuclear project financing?

We did not receive an answer, therefore we updated and re-sent the letter on 5 Feb 2024.