Tuesday, March 27, Seoul - President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the plenary session of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, which has on its agenda the discussion about the measures to ensure safe use of nuclear materials and the safety of nuclear facilities, underlined that stress tests should be obligatory to both - already existing and planned - nuclear power plants. This is a prerequisite for building confidence in nuclear energy, she said.
"Lithuania is acting in full compliance with all safety standards at both the Ignalina nuclear power plant, which is being decommissioned, and the planned Visaginas nuclear power plant, and we expect the same behavior from neighboring countries. Stress tests should be obligatory for all as nuclear accidents respect no borders," the President emphasized.
Lithuania's initiative that stress tests be carried out not only at nuclear power plants operating in the European Union, but also worldwide, receives support by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and most countries participating in the Nuclear Security Summit. Lithuania is concerned about the security of the nuclear power plants projected for construction in the neighboring Kaliningrad region and Belarus.
According to the President, the IAEA should have stronger mandate to monitor the safety of nuclear facilities. The site and infrastructure review missions of this international organization must be obligatory for all and the results should be made public.
The Nuclear Security Summit adopted a joint communiqué laying out national commitments in ensuring the nuclear safety as well as safe use and transportation of nuclear materials, with a particular focus on information sharing, the management of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, and on enhancing the IAEA's role in implementing the nuclear security measures.