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Consultations with the EC on financial assistance for the closure of the INPP to continue

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2011 11 24

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Today the European Commission (EC) has submitted a renewed proposal on the provision of the financial assistance for the closure of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP). According to Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, consultations with the EC will continue in this regard.

“We consider the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the provision of financial assistance for the closure of nuclear power plants as a take-off ground for negotiations on adequate financing of the closure of the INPP. We must state that the current proposal is not acceptable to us, for it does not comply with the commitments enshrined in the Accession Treaty of Lithuania. In the Treaty of Accession of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Union, the EU has recognized the fact that the closure of the NPP was an exceptional case, that decommissioning of the NPP was a long-term process, and that it represented for Lithuania an exceptional burden not commensurate with the economic strength of the country. On the basis of the above, the EU has committed to provide adequate financial assistance to the decommissioning works of the NPP”, said Prime Minister Kubilius.

“We are responsible for the implementation of this large-scale project together with the other EU member states and the European Commission; therefore we expect to reach an agreement on the adequate financial assistance thereto, with a view to ensuring the safe and timely decommissioning of the INPP. We appreciate our past cooperation with the European Commission and the EU’s financial assistance for the smooth implementation of the projects related to the closure of the INPP. We expect understanding concerning the sensitivity of this question to Lithuania from all the stakeholders involved, and hope to reach an agreement on adequate financial assistance”, said the Lithuanian Prime Minister.