Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

10/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 01:39

Key international questions about the Astravets NPP discussed

On 21 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a meeting of the working group on nuclear and radiation safety and environmental matters of the nuclear power plants planned to be built in the neighbourhood of Lithuania.

The meeting was attended by Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Kęstutis Mažeika, Minister of the Environment, representatives of the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate, Radiation Protection Centre, Fire and Rescue Department, and other institutions. Astravets NPP related questions in terms of the environment, nuclear safety, and energy were discussed; an agreement concerning further actions in international space was reached.

Minister Linkevičius noted a tense international agenda: the European Commission of a new composition, the 2020 conference of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, and the meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Espoo Convention. On the EU level, the preparation for the review of the Belarus National Action Plan in the wake of EU stress tests within the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) with a view to appropriate and timely implementation of the EU stress test recommendations aimed at the NPP's better safety.