Lithuanian president calls on EC to take action on Astravyets NPP's safety

  • 2020-05-14
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has called on the European Commission to take all measures to ensure the safety of the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus before its launch.

The president had a phone conversation with EC President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday and they discussed the Astravyets issue, as well as the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, the ongoing negotiations on the EU's multiannual budget and the social and economic consequences of the fight against the coronavirus, the presidential press service said.

"The Astravyets NPP in Belarus is a nuclear safety issue for the whole of the EU, as well as a test of solidarity, collective response and responsibility for EU citizens. We must ensure our safety and the safety of all EU citizens and to prevent electricity produced by unsafe power plants in third countries from entering the EU internal market," Nauseda was quoted as saying in a statement.

The president pointed to the fact that nuclear fuel has already been delivered to the nuclear facility and is about to be loaded, despite the fact that the nuclear facility's safety issues have not been resolved yet.

The European Commission should use all instruments in its jurisdiction to ensure that Belarus implement the EU stress tests' requirements before the launch of the power plant, thus ensuring the safety of EU citizens, Nauseda said.

The Lithuanian president also called on the EC president to get personally involved in the resolution of matters related to ensuring safety of the Astravyets NPP.