PRAGUE, July 26 The chief of the Czech
anti-monopoly office (UOHS), Petr Rafaj, has rejected an appeal
by France's Areva against its exclusion from a
multi-billion dollar tender to enlarge the Temelin nuclear power
plant, a spokesman said on Friday.
Areva said it would begin legal proceedings against the
anti-monopoly office decision at the regional court in Brno.
"Areva is resolute to defend its rights in all available
instances," the company said.
Rafaj's decision confirmed the bureau's earlier resolution
in which it supported power group CEZ in excluding the
French firm on the grounds that Areva did not meet the tendering
The exclusion of Areva leaves Westinghouse, Toshiba's
U.S. unit, and a consortium led by Russia's
Atomstroyexport in the running for the tender, which is being
held by CEZ.