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2020.01.23 09:00

Lithuania aims to host EU civil protection centre

BNS2020.01.23 09:00

Lithuania will seek to host a regional EU civil protection centre tasked with responding to chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear incidents.

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday endorsed plans for the country to submit an application to set up the centre that would cover the Nordic and Baltic countries.

As Belarus is planning to launch a nuclear power plant close to the Lithuanian border, in Astravyets, the government will try to convince the EU it needs the centre in the country.

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“Lithuanian really can ensure and pool forces here in the country, as well as provide assistance to neighbouring countries,” Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė told BNS.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the decision to build civil protection capabilities in the EU was made in March. Lithuania would also invite regional countries to cooperate.

Estonia and Finland have also expressed their interests in becoming a regional civil protection centre.

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