Lithuania's parliament should this week start setting up a task force that should control the implementation of the agreement among political parties to block construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Belarus.
Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus
© AFP / Scanpix

Last week, the parliament authorized Virgilijus Poderys, chairman of the parliamentary Energy Commission, to set up the force.

In his words, the group's tasks will include coordination of actions on the Astravyets NPP issue among all key state institutions and the public.

Seimas Vice-Speaker Gediminas Kirkilas says the task force should maintain contacts with the ministries of Environment, Energy and Foreign Affairs.

On February 10, leaders of Lithuanian parliamentary political parties agreed on closer coordination of efforts to block electricity from a nuclear power plant that Belarus is building in Astravyets, just around 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

The leaders of eight parties pledged to unanimously support a law that would declare the Astravyets plant unsafe and ban selling electricity produced in the facility on the Lithuanian market.

Lithuania says that Belarus fails to follow safety standards and international environmental requirements in building the plant, but Minsk rejects the criticism as unfounded.

Defense Minister: there's no threat to Belarus from West

As Belarus voices plans to take countermeasures in response to the deployment of US troops in...

Amendment on spy swap pushes its way through parliament

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to an amendment to the country's Penal...

Karbauskis: no longer clear if ruling block has majority

As a bid to remove Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis failed on Tuesday, Ramunas...

Parliament speaker survives no-confidence vote

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis has survived a second no-confidence vote as...

Hodges: troops' arrival shows Lithuania can trust US despite 'mistake' in Syria

The deployment of a US battalion to Lithuania sends the message that Lithuanians can rely on...