Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP


Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP

Belarus wants to end dispute with Lithuania over Ostrovets NPP by the end of this week. This was announced on June 13 by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus.

According to Vladimir Semashko, the claims of the Lithuanian side lie more in the political plane than in security issues.

The Vice-Premier drew attention to the fact that the site of the NPP in Ostrovets is inspected by a number of foreign experts, including representatives of the IAEA.

These experts also note the high level of implementation of the project. The Belarusian nuclear power plant is a project of a new generation 3+ with two power units. The first of them is set to be commissioned in 2019, the second in 2020.

Vladimir Semashko, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus:
We had a large number of surveys, commissions, working groups, including the IAEA, who look at this really professionally. They are specialists in nuclear energy. A year ago, the IAEA president made a conclusion: 35 countries use nuclear power and 32 more want to have this energy.

Out of 23 countries, he noted Belarus and Saudi Arabia.

They stand in first place in terms of their approaches and reliability. Rosatom welcomes to the construction site anyone who want to build similar stations and they show the organization of their project, cleanliness and order.

Vladimir Semashko also noted that the financing of the NPP's construction goes without delays and is beneficial for the country's economy.

95 percent of electricity in Belarus today is produced using gas. After the launch of the nuclear power plant, 27-28% will be from atomic energy.

Thus, the station will help in the diversification of energy sources. These days, the 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention is taking place in Minsk. These are about 200 representatives from 50 countries. Construction of the Belarusian NPP is also among the issues discussed. It is planned to adopt the Minsk Declaration at the final joint high-level meeting.

Iya Malkina, First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus:
The attention paid by the political bodies of the Republic of Belarus to environmental decisions deserves special attention. The economic benefits are measured against the ecological impact.

We want to be a civilized, responsible country, and we demonstrate this in every possible way.

The Espoo Convention was adopted in February 1991 in Finland and ratified by 45 states. Minsk joined the international agreement 11 years ago.

George Kremlis, Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission:
The Minsk Declaration is an international instrument for promoting the Espoo Convention. Importantly, there are plans to open the Espoo Convention for the accession of countries, who did not join it earlier.

The Convention itself is a tool for best practices in the field of environmental impact assessment.

Today it became known that the "Green Card of Belarus" project took first place in the "Electronic Environment" nomination for one of UN competitions.

The prize was presented to the representative of Belarus in Geneva.

345 projects from all over the world competed for the award, while experts took part in the voting. The map contains information on important ecological sites: waste collection points, installations for renewable energy and unique natural areas - parks, squares and reserves. Also, there are places where the plants working on renewable energy are located.