Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020

Proposal 601

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 3 to 5, 2020 in Skopje

Author: Resolution presented by: Lithuanian Liberal Youth (Daniel Ilkevič), TizenX, Forum of Nowoczesna Youth, Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine, JUNOS, European Youth of Ukraine, Estonian Reform Party Youth, Radikal Ungdom, Junge Liberale, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya.

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

1Resolution on unsafe Astravyets nuclear power plant


3The Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is a multi-reactornuclear power plant project in

4Belarus. The need for the project evolved in the aftermath of the energy dispute between Russia
5and-Belarus in 2007.

6The project for the Astravyets NPP (specifically reactor 1) has brought with it numerous violations

7and shortcomings, including a general lack of respect towards international standards for nuclear
8safety, serious safety violations, and major incidents (ex. fire incident during building process),
9the worst violation in the development of Astravyets NPP being the selection of an unsustainable
10site for its construction. The full realization  of the Astravyets NPP would have a devastating
11impact on the health and safety for most of Europe and have comparable effects on the residents
12of Europe as the Chernobyl disaster. Said accident occurred in 1986,  the harmful effects of the
13released nuclear radiation are seen until today. Estimates conclude that between 15 000 and 30
14000 people have lost their lives due to the Chernobyl accident and more than 2.5 million
15Ukrainians are still struggling with health problems related to nuclear waste.

16The project plans for the Astravyets NPP have raised several concerns among civil liberty groups

17which have collected signatures against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus. On
187th of February 2019, a meeting of the parties of the Convention on Environmental Impact
19Assessment (the Espoo Convention) decided that Belarus had violated the Convention when
20choosing a construction site for the nuclear power plant. Reviewing violations of the Astravyets
21NPP has attracted the attention of the international community. After the Fukushima disaster, the
22International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued recommendations against building NPPs
23within a 100-kilometers radius from major centers of population and larger cities (Vilnius 45 km

25The former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker stated on 24th of

26November 2017 that the Astravyets Nuclear project was not simply a bilateral issue between
27Lithuania and a neighboring country but a European issue, and that he was in full solidarity with
28Lithuanians, with the need for the issue to be monitored very closely.

29Considering that:

54Therefore the LYMEC Congress:

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.