Lithuania to hold referendum on NPP already next week
Lithuania will hold a referendum on whether to build the Visaginas nuclear energy plant when voters go to the polls on 14 October to elect members of Parliament. Meanwhile, Bulgarians will probably vote on the future of its Belene nuclear station before the end of the year.
Lithuanian voters will be asked to support or reject the following statement: "I support the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Republic of Lithuania."
In July, the Lithuanian parliament decided that the referendum on Visaginas would be held alongside the elections, to cut electoral costs improve voter turnout. At least half of the voters must cast their vote for the referendum result to be validated.
The incumbent centre-right government of Andrius Kubilius is strongly committed to building the power plant.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė said the referendum is an opportunity for the electorate to be consulted on an important decision. "It's an obligation for the government to make an in-depth presentation of the project to the public," said a presidential statement quoted by the Lithuania Tribune.
If approved, the new nuclear power plant is expected to be completed within a decade. It would replace the Soviet-built Ignalina nuclear station (see background) and is to be build next to the site.
- Top EU companies urge drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
- Czech energy strategy boosting nuclear gets go ahead
- Canada aims for 30% emissions cut by 2030
- Iran sets oil sights on Asia
- Feature - Improving Policy Dialogue in Ukraine’s Energy Sector : Moving Closer to the EU
- Director Kopač tells Ukraine to ensure independence of energy regulator in future law
- Iran can become major producer of nuclear fuel
- Weekly analytical report: May 11 - 17, 2015
In this issue: - How is sanction process against Russia developing; - What important decisions form energy policy of Brussels; - How is preparation of EU energy strategy going; - What is Ukraine doing to diversify its gas suppliers; - What can Naftogas do to debtors; - What obstacles to more efficient energy policy has Ukraine to overcome; - How tariffs and subsidies will be changed in Ukraine; - What changes on condominiums were adopted by Verkhovna Rada; - Why does government want the law on regulator as soon as possible; - etc.