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Lithuania Defmin agrees with Grybauskaite's idea on another NPP referendum

BC, Vilnius, 24.01.2013.Print version
If a feasibility study on the Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP) shows that its construction is beneficial to the country, the government could try to explain the situation to people again and hold a referendum as President Dalia Grybauskaite suggested, says Defence Minister, Deputy Chairman of the Social Democrats Juozas Olekas, informs LETA/ELTA.

"People of Lithuania did not agree on building this plant. Then maybe we could explain them everything again and give a chance to vote when we have new figures from the NPP project, if they look different than before the advisory referendum. I think that we must take into account the opinion that people already expressed," he said Thursday morning in an interview on the radio Ziniu Radijas.


According to Olekas, the situation will gain more clarity when Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius comes back from Estonia where he is paying a visit now. The minister reminded that agreements with neighouring countries have not been signed yet.


The politician also noted that the Social Democrats in principle are not against nuclear energy but they have doubts about this particular project.


Lithuania will benefit from the plant because it is not rich enough to afford producing all necessary power only from renewable sources. However, if the decision is made to construct the NPP, there should be one more referendum held, said Grybauskaite Monday during her visit to Denmark.


The referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant took place on October 14, 2012. A total of 62.68% of those who participated in the referendum rejected the idea of the NPP construction in Lithuania.

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