Decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant: The Beginning or the End of Lithuanian Energy Independence?

In the next session of discussion club „politika.lt“, on January 20, we will debate the decommissioning of Ignalina nuclear power plant. What does the closure of the only nuclear power plant in the region mean to Lithuania and its energy sector?


The Ignalina nuclear power plant was shut down on New Year's Eve 31.12.2009. The decommissioning of the Ignalina nuclear power plant was one of the conditions of the Lithuanian EU-Accession treaty. Lithuanian politicians still tried to negotiate the decommissioning with the European Commission in order to postpone it for at least one year. But the negotiations were unsuccessful.

After New Year's celebrations massmedia reported about low energytax increase, possibilities of electricity import via Belarus as well as about the plan to increase and to use full capacities of remaining power plants in the country. Moreower the controverse debate about the growing energy dependence or independence from Russia got even louder.

In our discussion club „politika.lt“ on __Wednesday, January 20,__ we will debate the issue of decommissioning the only nuclear power plant in Lithuania and the whole region. Together with pannelists Mr. Kęstutis Jauniškis, Adviser to the Minister of Energy, Dr. Tomas Janeliūnas, Lecturer at the Vilnius University, and Mr. Sigitas Babilius, Political Consultant, the participants will debate the situation of Lithuanian energy sector and will give prognosis to the future possibilities of energy independence in Lithuania and the region.

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„La Boheme“, Šv. Ignoto g. 3/4, Vilnius

Stilllegung des Atomkraftwerkes Ignalina_ Anfang oder Untergang der Energieunabhängigkeit Litauens?