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Published: 24 july 2012 08:35

President says Lithuania benefits from remaining nuclear energy country

Visagino AE mobilusis informacinis centras
Aliaus Koroliovo nuotr. / Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant

Lithuania will benefit from remaining a country of nuclear energy, and Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP) could give a huge economic stimulus to the region, President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said.

"I believe Lithuania will benefit from being a nuclear country for the next 20-30 years along with developing alternative energy. It is a project that can give an enormous economic stimulus to all of the region," the president told journalists on Monday.

In Grybauskaitė's words, it is the government's duty to provide thorough information to the public prior to the advisory referendum, which the parliament decided to hold in conjunction with the general elections on 14 October.

"For people to be able to make up their minds, the government should do its homework, i.e., provide full and detailed information about the project to the people. It is crucial to have realistic and actual conversations with people in order to enable them to make a reasoned decision," the president said.

"There are many speculations and misinformation, and it is the government's responsibility to change the misinformation and the distorted information," Grybauskaitė told journalists.

In her opinion, Visaginas NPP project is "beneficial, however, it is only beneficial if it is transparent, honest and free of political intrigues."

Lithuania expects to build a new nuclear power facility in Visaginas by 2020-2022 together with Latvia, Estonia, and Japan’s Hitachi.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB „BNS“ sutikimo draudžiama.

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