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Lithuania asks UK to help fund Ignalina power plant closing

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Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuania has called for the United Kingdom’s support over the funding for the decommissioning of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), as the one proposed by the European Commission for 2014-2020 is insufficient, according to Neilas Tankevičius, an advisor to Lithuania's Prime Minister and the country’s negotiator with the Commission on the INPP closure funding.

“We expect the United Kingdom to show understanding and support in the discussions ongoing in Brussels. According to our estimates, the Commission offers merely 25 percent of the funding we require for the decommissioning of INPP. The closure of INPP is a project of the entire European Union,” a statement from the Foreign Ministry quoted Tankevičius as saying.

On 22 February, Tankevičius took part in a round-table discussion on energy security in the Baltic countries at the Lithuanian embassy in London. Other participants included representatives of Windsor Energy Group, Global Nuclear Initiative, the embassies of the Baltic and Nordic countries and Japan, economists and energy executives.

In late November, the European Commission proposed to provide only 210 million euros for the Ignalina plant closure 2014-2017, while the government had asked for 770 million euros.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius then said that the proposal was not acceptable as it did not comply with the commitments set out in Lithuania's accession treaty.

The EU's executive body proposed to provide an additional 500 million euros to support the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in three member states, with 210 million euros to be given to Lithuania and 105 million euros to Slovakia until 2017, and 185 million euros to Bulgaria until 2020.

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