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Published: 17 october 2013 17:06

Prime Minister: Lithuania will need new referendum on nuclear power plant

Algirdas Butkevičius
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Algirdas Butkevičius
Lithuania will need a new referendum on nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says.

"The referendum was held (a year ago) on the construction of a nuclear power plant and a specific project, with estimates provided as to how much that facility should cost to Lithuania. You've probably heard that its cost is already markedly lower than that estimated by the previous government. But I think that another referendum will be needed and we'll have to ask people for their opinion," he said on Žinių Radijas.

Butkevičius said that a new referendum could annul the results of that held in October 2012, but underlined the importance of making all the necessary information available to the general public.

"My logic would be exactly the same, but first of all, we have to understand that the public has to be told very clearly about the possible price and risks and about the requirements from the investors, regional partners," he said when asked if the new referendum would annul the results of the old referendum.

A majority of Lithuanian voters did not back the project in the non-binding referendum, which was held in tandem with general elections on October 14, 2012. Some 34.09 percent of those who cast ballots said "yes" to building a nuclear power plant and 62.68 percent said "no". The voter turnout was 52.58 percent.

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