PM doubtful about N-plant's chief fitness for post

Ignalina NPP

Lithuanian society is having reasonable doubts about the suitability of the top executive of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) to continue in the post amid suspicions from the law enforcement, says Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

"The procedural status of a suspect – especially when it comes to a project of this scope and such sensitivity – should clearly cause inconveniences for the top manager of the company. The public has serious questions about whether a person with such status is capable of ensuring transparent processes – and there can be no shadow here, in this project," Skvernelis said in a comment to BNS about Darius Janulevičius' suitability to head the power plant's decommissioning projects.

At the end of December, Lithuania's law-enforcement closed a pre-trial investigation into the allegations about the 2014 auction to sell 2,000 tons of radioactively contaminated copper tubes estimated at 1.5 billion euros. Abuse suspicions were brought against six individuals, including Janulevicius.

The closure projects, estimated at hundreds of millions of euros, are co-financed by the European Commission (EC) and international donors operating via the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Source: BNS
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