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Szijjártó May Take Charge of Paks II Nuclear Expansion Project

Several energy-related tasks in the new government may soon be transferred to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, 24.hu learned from sources close to the government.

A new Ministry of Construction and Investment has been created that will be run by János Lázár, who is returning to the government after having previously served as Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office. But the Paks II nuclear power plant investment project may end up being supervised by Péter Szijjártó.

The Foreign Ministry will have a stronger portfolio if it represents energy-related issues at the international level, claimed the site’s sources.

This includes tasks such as international procurement and cooperation with the European Union’s Energy Council, meaning it appears likely that Szijjártó will also handle some of the negotiations and issues connected with EU sanctions.

24.hu asked the Prime Minister’s Press Office for confirmation of the news, but has not yet received a response. [Magyar Hang]

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