VISAGINAS - Despite a strong economic performance, Lithuania will not be invited to start talks to join the European Union later this year unless Vilnius sets a clear date for the shutdown of the Ignalina nuclear power plant, Economics Minister Vincas Babilius was told on a recent visit to Brussels."If there is no closure of Ignalina as soon as possible, it could cause problems with accession," a spokesman for EU Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis told the European Voice following a Feb. 8 meeting between the two men.Senior Lithuanian officials played down the message from the EU. Fore...
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