Lithuania: The Ignalina nuclear power plant, one of the world's largest nuclear reactors, will cease operations on Friday as part of the agreement for Lithuania to join the EU. Lithuania requested a 2-3 year extension but was denied.
The EU deems the 1,320 megawatt reactor, which supplies 70 percent of the country's energy, unsafe. The Ignalina plant is a larger version of the reactor that melted down at Chernobyl, the worst civilian nuclear disaster to date.
Lithuanians remain unconvinced on the move with many unhappy about the loss of jobs and cheap energy during a recession. There is also a fear that they will be dependent on Russian gas, which has been stopped without warning elsewhere.