2019.12.19 16:00

Lithuania to suspend import licenses for traders of Belarus' nuclear energy

BNS 2019.12.19 16:00

Lithuania is tightening requirements for power importers in an effort to bar market access for electricity from Belarus' nuclear plant. The Astravyets NPP, some 50 kilometres from Vilnius, is due to become operational in 2020,

Companies will not be given licenses to import electricity from the Astravyets plant once it's launched, and a governmental commission was given power to suspend licenses if an importer is deemed a threat to national security.

The Seimas passed the respective legislative amendments, tabled by President Gitanas Nausėda, on Thursday in a vote of 105 to none with nine abstentions.

The amendments will take effect in January 2020.

In 2017, the Lithuanian parliament passed a law declaring the Astravyets plant a threat to national security, environment and public health.

It has also adopted a law banning electricity imports from unsafe plants.

The government says the Astravyets plant under construction some 50 kilometers from Vilnius fails to meet international safety standards. Minsk has rejected the criticism.

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