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Kirkilas expressed his opinion about Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Prague

Monday, May 26, 2008

In Prague, where was the second European Nuclear Energy Forum, Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas participated in the meeting with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and the prime ministers of Slovenia, the Baltic States and the Visegrad Group Countries.

The meeting focused on the importance of nuclear energy for the European Union, as ELTA was informed by the Lithuanian government. According to Kirkilas, from the economic viewpoint, nuclear energy is among the most attractive alternatives to other energy resources, and at the same time it is an important tool in combating global warming.

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Eastern European leaders slam nuke closure deals

Monday, May 26, 2008

The prime ministers of Lithuania and Slovakia have criticised deals struck by their governments with the EU before they joined the bloc to shut down aging Soviet-era nuclear power plants. International
pressure to cut carbon emissions and rising oil prices had revealed the move to be a mistake, they said.

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Time is ripe for EU-wide nuclear safety rules, Brussels says

Monday, May 26, 2008

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Brussels has called on EU member states to end the six-year deadlock over one of Europe's touchiest topics and agree common nuclear safety rules as well as ways in which to store nuclear waste.

"It is an absolute necessity," EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs told EUobserver on Thursday (22 May), while blaming EU governments for a lack of political will to give Brussels a stronger say on the issue.

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Rosatom rejects rumors of Lithuania radioactive leak

Saturday, May 24, 2008

MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian nuclear power agency Rosatom dismissed on Saturday rumors circulating in the country's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad of a radioactive leak from a plant in neighboring Lithuania.

Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said several journalists had contacted him on Friday asking about an alleged accident at Lithuania's nuclear plant.

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Russia plans nuclear plant for Kaliningrad exclave

Monday, April 28, 2008

VILNIUS - An announcement by Moscow that it intended to build two nuclear reactors in the Kaliningrad region triggered dismay and alarm in neighboring Lithuania, which is struggling to get plans for its own atomic power plant off the ground.

Sergey Kiriyenko, head of the Rosatom nuclear energy agency, announced on April 16 that Russia would build two reactors with a combined 2,300 megawatts output in the region of Kaliningrad. He signed a framework agreement together with Kaliningrad Governor Georgy Boos.

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LEO LT can break European law - Brussels

Friday, April 25, 2008

Vilnius, Apr 22 (ELTA) - The European Commission has confirmed that LEO LT can break the European law and has dismissed the extension of the operation of Ignalina nuclear power plant. It has been confirmed to the newspaper Respublika by the office of European Commissioner responsible for energy Andris Piebalgs.

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Lithuania nuclear extension not real option-EU

Friday, April 4, 2008

VILNIUS, April 3 (Reuters) - The European Commission on Thursday again poured cold water on Lithuanian hopes to extend the life of the Baltic state's Soviet-era nuclear power plant.
The government has said it will try to convince the Commission that the Baltic state will face serious energy shortages after shutting the Ignalina plant and has appointed a special negotiator to try and secure this goal.

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Efforts to be made to ensure support from Estonia and Latvia to extension of Ignalina nuclear power plant operation

Friday, April 4, 2008

(ELTA) - Parliamentary committees of the Baltic states are going to search for common solutions in the electronic area and energy security fields. The defense committees meeting on Wednesday consider the projects related to the new nuclear power plant and the electricity links to be the most important topics of their forth meeting.

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Vilnius Wages Fight with EU to Keep Nuke

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Despite an agreement when it joined the EU, Lithuania lobbies to keep a nuclear power plant running beyond its deadline for closing

At a time when European nations are being urged to close old nuclear power plants and split state energy monopolies into competing private companies, Lithuania is doing the exact opposite.

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Lithuania Nuclear Extension Unlike

Friday, March 7, 2008

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania's nuclear power negotiator said Thursday there is only a small chance the European Union will grant an extension to the country's atomic power plant.

The Soviet-era Ignalina plant, similar in design to the Chernobyl unit that exploded in 1986, must close by 2010 under Lithuania's agreement with the European Union.

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