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The President: public authorities must fully ensure the safety of people after the launch of the Ostravets NPP

2020-10-27

On Tuesday, President Gitanas Nausėda, the Prime Minister and other ministers discussed Lithuania‘s readiness for the threats posed by the Ostravets nuclear power plant. During the meeting, leaders discussed preparedness of the Government, ministries, municipalities and other responsible institutions of Lithuania to implement legal provisions on the protection of the environment and people’s health as well as readiness of the civil protection system and ban for the unsafe electricity entering the Lithuanian market.

The meeting attended by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius and Minister of Interior Rita Tamašunienė discussed how well the state reserve was prepared for possible incidents at the Ostravets NPP.

“As soon as the Ostravets NPP starts power generation, the Lithuanian Government as well as responsible institutions must be prepared to implement respective legal provisions, i.e., protect the environment and health of the Lithuanian people and not to allow unsafe electricity to enter the Lithuanian market”, the President said.

According to the President, launch of energy production in the Ostravets NPP is the final call to the preparedness of Lithuania‘s civil protection institutions. In the face of irresponsible behavior of neighbors, we must be fully prepared to manage emerging threats and risks, therefore it is necessary to strengthen the civil protection system, which should operate as effectively as possible, ensure smooth and coordinated functioning of national and local authorities. These will also be the tasks for the new Government of Lithuania.

Belarus continues the preparation for the launch of the first unit of the Ostravets NPP ignoring nuclear safety issues, stress test recommendations and international standards. In July, the President convened the State Defense Council to analyze the situation regarding the protection of people and the prevention of electricity generated in the third-countries from entering the Lithuanian market and agreed on specific objectives. On Monday, the President discussed the safety issues of the nuclear power plant built in the vicinity of Lithuania with Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis.

At the initiative of the President, the October European Council emphasized that failure to comply with the highest safety requirements and implement the stress test recommendations at the Ostravets NPP would affect further relations between the EU and Belarus.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.10.27 15:29

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