EU regrets Belarus decision to start commercial operation of Astravets nuclear power plant
June 7, 2021

EU regrets Belarus decision to start commercial operation of Astravets nuclear power plant

The European Union regrets that Belarus has decided to start the commercial operation of the Astravets nuclear power plant, without addressing all the safety recommendations contained in the 2018 EU stress test report, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said in a statement issued on 2 June.

“The Commission reiterates that while the decision on commercial licensing of the Astravets plant is the responsibility of the national authorities, under the supervision of the national regulator, it is necessary to ensure maximum safety for the operation of the plant. This is even more imperative, given its proximity to the EU border and to Lithuania’s capital Vilnius,” the Commissioner said.

The European Commission recalls the importance to address as soon as possible and fully all the recommendations from the peer review, including the remaining issues not addressed in the first phase.

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