Lithuanian politicians are trying to ignore citizens’ “No” to a new nuclear power plant (NPP), which was clearly expressed in a nation-wide referendum attended by 52,5 percent of voters with 62,6 percent voting against the new NPP on 14 October.
The referendum has caused a headache to Japanese American company “Hitachi-GE” which planned to sell their 5 billion Euros worth reactor to Lithuania after their nuclear projects have been stopped in Japan following the Fukushima disaster. “Hitachi” already declared they will make additional efforts to promote their nuclear business in Lithuania as if they didn’t realize the decision of the referendum.
Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite and the leaders of the major political parties talk about the further development despite the decision of the referendum. Despite the referendum was consultative (deliberative), its decision is legally binding and the Parliament is enforced to act on it by law within one month after the announcement of the results.
The new amendments to pro-nuclear laws are already prepared. We request Lithuanian politicians to accept the decision of the nation and act on it.
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