CEZ to keep its Bulgarian assets if sale gets blocked again

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Czech energy group CEZ has decided not to proceed with the divestment of its assets in Bulgaria if the Bulgarian regulatory bodies block the sale for a second time, a spokesperson for the company said.
“If the Bulgarian authorities unjustifiably block also our second attempt to sell our Bulgarian assets, then logically we will not continue with the sale and spend further costs on the process,” a CEZ spokesperson quoted a member of the company’s board as saying in an e-mailed statement quoted by SeeNews.com.

“In that case, we will keep the assets and continue operating them with due care as we have done so far. The issue of selling our Bulgarian assets would certainly not be addressed in the near future then,” the CEZ board member has also said.

Earlier this month, Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition opened proceedings regarding CEZ’s 335 million euro ($367 million) deal to sell its Bulgarian assets to financial and insurance group Eurohold Bulgaria. The contract was signed after CEZ’s initial deal with Sofia-based power company Inercom failed to obtain the approval of the anti-trust authority.

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