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During the meeting of the EU Ministers of Environment in Luxembourg, the case of the Astravets nuclear power plant will be mentioned


Today, in Luxembourg, the Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas with his colleagues from other EU Member States taking part in the meeting of the Environment Council, are discussing the most topical issues of the EU environmental policy. During the meeting, the Minister is going to remind of the case of the Astravets nuclear power plant (NPP) – to introduce the participants of the meeting to the results of the meeting of the parties to the Espoo Convention that was held in Minsk last week.

“The Minsk meeting has clearly demonstrated that for the sake of objectivity such a meeting should not be organised in the countries, against which infringement cases have been started. It is equally important to agree that the next extraordinary meeting of the parties to the Espoo Convention should be organised as soon as possible – already in autumn next year, instead of moving it to 2019. Decisions on the Astravets NPP cannot be postponed any longer”, Kęstutis Navickas says. According to the Minister, Lithuania appreciates perfect cooperation and solidarity of the EU Member States demonstrated in Minsk.

During the meeting of the Environment Council in Luxembourg, the Ministers will, first of all, discuss the progress that has been achieved negotiating on regulations intended for implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change. These are the Effort Sharing and the Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry Regulations. Negotiations on these legal acts have been ongoing already for a year.

According to Kęstutis Navickas, Lithuania, understanding the importance of the implementation of the Paris agreement, is ready to assume fairly distributed obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, however without additional economic and investment measures it will be difficult to achieve the annual reduction goals in those sectors that do not participate in the EU emission allowances trading system (agriculture, transport, households, etc.). Therefore, as noted by the Minister, our country will seek ensuring sufficient flexibility measures for implementing provisions of the regulations.

Another issue on the agenda of the meeting of the Environment Council is the EU living nature action plan providing for specific measures for stopping bio-variety decline. Lithuania approves of it. According to the Minister, it is important that creation of the Natura 2000 network would be completed and measures for its efficient management would be created.

Discussing information about negotiations with the European Parliament about the so-called circular economy waste package, Kęstutis Navickas will state the position of our country supporting ambitious waste management goals and flexibility of implementation mechanisms. For Lithuania, it means that it will have to do better in waste recycling by involving more efficient waste management measures, to achieve environmental protection goals without increasing charges for people for household waste management.

Communication Division
19 June 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas