President Dalia Grybauskaitė would not disclose how will she vote in the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant (VNPP) advisory referendum, but, according to her, the nuclear power plant project would benefit the whole region, if it would only be transparent, fair and decoupled from political intrigues. Moreover, the head of the country believes that the Government should respond to the disinformation passed on publicly about the project, delfi.lt reported on 23 July.
“How will I vote? The same as I do everywhere. It is my private matter, just like the opinion of any citizen. Can I say that? As I said before, if you mean the constructions of the nuclear power plant, my answer was – so that people could really make a decision, the Government should carry out the homework to the end. People need to be fully and up to details informed about the project, need to be opened to and talked to, so that they could make an informed decision, “-D. Grybasukaitė told to journalist in Anykščiai.
When asked whether her opinion that the VNPP project has strategic importance for Lithuania has not changed, the President said that she still believes that Lithuania would benefit from staying a nuclear country for twenty to thirty-years.
“I think it is useful for Lithuania for the upcoming twenty-thirty years to stay a nuclear power country, alongside to developing alternative energy. This project could give the region a major economic boost. It is useful, but it is useful only if it will be transparent, fair, without any political intrigues, and when all political forces will take responsibility for it. That is, if it will be a decision made by all political forces and all our people. Besides, the information that is publicly announced is not enough – there are a lot of speculations and a lot of disinformation. And it is the responsibility of the Government to modify that distorted information, “- said D. Grybauskaite.