“Russian and Chinese companies will not be able to participate in the construction of the new Dukovany nuclear power plant. This is provided by security guarantees in the so-called law on low carbon emissions, signed by President Miloš Zeman,” the presidential spokesman states.
According to the information on the President's website, the law in question is one of September 14, 2021 on amendments to the law № 458/2000 Sb., “On the conditions of doing business and public administration in the energy sector”, some other laws amendments (“Energy Law”) and other relevant laws.
The document stipulates that only technologies from suppliers from countries that have acceded to the 1996 international public procurement agreement will be used for construction. Russia and China are not included in this list.
In addition, technologies that depend in any way on unauthorized suppliers are prohibited from being used not only for construction but also for maintenance of a new unit.
Back in April, the Czech government decided to ban the Russian company Rosatom from participating in a tender for the completion of the Dukovany nuclear power plant.
This happened shortly after a diplomatic scandal broke out between the Czech Republic and Russia.
As it was reported earlier, on April 17, Foreign Minister Jan Hamáček decided to send 18 Russian diplomats suspected of working for the secret services of the Russian Federation from the Czech Republic. Prague has accused Russian security services of involvement in an explosion at an ammunition depot in October 2014 that killed two workers.
Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided in response to send 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.