2019.07.22 12:58

Belarus NPP 'not safe' until Minsk implements recommendations – EU Commissioner Šefčovič

European Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in Vilnius on Friday that the future of Astravyets NPP depends on Belarus’ reaction to EU stress test results.

Speaking during a visit to Vilnius, the commissioner said that despite the published recommendations. Belarus has not made any attempts to address them. As long as Minsk does not respond, EU will continue flagging the nuclear plant as unsafe, according to Šefčovič.

Lithuania and the other Baltic states have pledged not to buy electricity from Astravyets, and the commissioner said Europe will continue supporting Lithuania’s position.

“I think, most importantly, we need to do everything in our power to assure the highest safety standards. We work closely with the Lithuanian government, and we understand not only the importance of the EU stress test, but also what will follow,” said Šefčovič.

“We are aiming that Belarus’ government will prepare an action plan on how to complete the recommendations,” he said, which includes the recommendations previously published by Espoo convention.

“I think it would be difficult [for Europe] to buy electricity [from Astravyets], if Lithuania and Poland does not buy it.”