Republic of Lithuania Resolution on the Unity and Cooperation of the Baltic States Seeking to Protect Themselves against Threats Posed by Unsafe Nuclear Power Plants in Third Countries


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REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
RESOLUTION
ON THE UNITY AND COOPERATION OF THE BALTIC STATES SEEKING
TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THREATS POSED by
UNSAFE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN THIRD COUNTRIES
 
22 June 2017 No XIII-511
Vilnius
 
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania,
having regard to the fact that the EU and NATO are seeking to expand the area of security and trust in the Eastern Neighbourhood;
taking into account the conclusions of the European Council of 24/25 March, 2011 to introduce the obligation for all EU Member States to carry out “stress tests” in their nuclear power plants and a call for similar “stress tests” to be carried out in existing and planned plants in the neighbouring countries and worldwide;
seeking that, in developing nuclear power plant construction projects, neighbouring third countries of the EU would take account of the interests of the Republic of Lithuania and other states in the region, in particular regarding the selection of construction sites, and comply with the highest international requirements for environmental protection as well as nuclear safety and radiation protection and their commitments in these areas;
supporting the EU’s objectives to strengthen the safety of operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the EU and third countries and control of storage of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear materials;
having regard to the assessment presented by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania regarding the nuclear power plant under construction in the Ostrovets District of the Republic of Belarus which, on the basis of requirements laid down in international conventions, recognises the nuclear power plant under construction in the Ostrovets District as an unsafe nuclear power plant which poses a threat to the national security of the Republic of Lithuania, its environment and public health;
recalling the solidarity between the Baltic States and the Republic of Poland on major issues concerning foreign policy and military and energy security,
 
calls on the Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia, the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland to get acquainted with the Law on Necessary Measures of Protection against the Threats Posed by Unsafe Nuclear Power Plants in Third Countries adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania;
urges the Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia, the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland to take decisions that will prevent the electricity supplied by developers of unsafe nuclear power plants from entering the electricity systems of the Baltic States and Poland;
calls on the Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia, the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland to support international initiatives aimed against the construction of unsafe nuclear power plants, including the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant, stressing that the lack of energy security is a key factor in retaining the Baltic States and Europe in Russia's sphere of influence;
calls on the Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia, the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland to jointly address the institutions of the European Union – the European Parliament and the European Commission – in order to shape a common policy of the European Union which would:
1) ensure the application of international requirements to all projects of nuclear power plants;
2) protect against the development of unsafe nuclear power plants in third countries in the EU neighbourhood;
3) prevent the entry of electricity generated in unsafe nuclear power plants in third countries into the EU market;
4) ensure in the future that spent nuclear fuel and other materials are stored or disposed of safely and in accordance with EU safety requirements;
5) ensure that developers of nuclear power plants developed in third countries in the EU neighbourhood comply with the principle of transparency and disclose the sources of funding of the decommissioning and fuel storage of such power plants.
 
 
 
Speaker of the Seimas                                                                                        Viktoras Pranckietis