VILNIUS - Former prime minister, leader of the Seimas’ opposition Andrius Kubilius is not against the proposal of President Dalia Grybauskaite to hold a new referendum if the political parties finally agree on the construction of Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP).
"The president said () that parties should make an agreement on the NPP. In that case, if a proper and good agreement is reached with both the strategic investor and regional partners, the opinion of people voiced in the referendum should not be ignored. We should try again to convince people that the construction is the best decision and ask for their opinion again," he said in an interview with radio Ziniu Radijas.
"Are there any other ways to ask for people's opinion? I do not know any other," he said when asked if that meant a new referendum.
Lithuaniawill benefit from the plant because it is not rich enough to afford producing all necessary power only from renewable sources. However, if the decision is made to construct the NPP, there should be one more referendum held, said Grybauskaite on Monday during her visit to Denmark.
The referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant took place on October 14, 2012. A total of 62.68 percent of those who participated in the referendum rejected the idea of the NPP construction in Lithuania.