Latvia and Estonia delay decision on Lithuania’s nuclear plant project

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Latvia and Estonia are proceeding too slowly in talks on the multi-billion euro project for the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Visaginas, Lithuania’s Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis told LNK news program Monday.

“We must be patient,” said Masiulis. “We are not happy with the process, it is too slow. But we have our partners and they have their own pace.” He said last year’s parliamentary elections in Latvia and upcoming polls in Estonia would likely delay the matter from getting the needed attention.  

However, the minister said the project had made headway with talks approaching a new level already, also involving Japan’s Hitachi corporation.

In December Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius vowed to expedite the negotiations over whether or not to build the controversial facility near the Latvian border in Lithuania, which would service the electricity needs of all three countries.

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