10 June 2002 – Lithuania’s government said it has agreed in principle to close the Soviet-designed Ignalina by 2009. The amount of EU aid has yet to be agreed with the cost of closure estimated at €3bn ($2.8bn). In a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said that it was ready to complete a deal with the EU by next Tuesday
The issue has been the main obstacle to Lithuania’s aspiration to join the EU. The government earlier pledged to switch off the first reactor by 2005 but, until now, seemed reluctant to promise to shutdown the second.