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VATESI participated in the international emergency preparedness exercise ECUREX-2019

On 21 November 2019 State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) participated in the international emergency preparedness exercise ECUREX-2019 organized by European Commission (EC). During this exercise, VATESI specialists improved their skills to respond to radiological and nuclear accidents and tested organizational and technical arrangements.

According to scenario, the accident allegedly occurred at the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant in the Czech Republic. Due to the simulated release of radioactive materials, the Czech authorities ordered to take preventive measures to protect the local population and provided information to the international community through the EC information system, which during the exercise was used by participating countries to exchange information on actions taken by their competent authorities.

VATESI activated the Emergency Operations Center, implemented information exchange using EC information system, analyzed the development of the simulated accident and performed forecasting on its possible consequences, prepared reports to the authorities and general public.

Together with VATESI, five other Lithuanian authorities, including The Environmental Protection Agency, The Radiation Protection Centre and Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service, Ministry of Energy, The National Security and Crisis Management Unit of Office of the Government and Ministry of International Affairs, took part in the ECUREX-2019 exercise.

VATESI is the competent authority and national warning point in case of nuclear and radiological emergencies. In the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, VATESI provides urgent information to Lithuanian authorities and notifies European Commission, International Atomic Energy Agency and neighboring countries. For this purpose, VATESI has established early warning system which enables VATESI 24 hours a day to receive and provide information on nuclear and radiological incidents occurred in Lithuania and worldwide.