Five years ago Lithuania joined the European Union.
One of the conditions of its membership is that over 2,000 people would become unemployed on 31 December 2009.
On Friday the Ignalina nuclear plant delivered its last watt of electricity. This plant was Lithuania's only nuclear power plant and although it was dubbed unsafe due to its Chernobyl-style safety system, its shutdown was a key condition for Lithuania's entry to the EU.
Few across Europe will mourn the closure of an old 1970s Soviet designed nuclear plant, but the consequences for the Lithuanian economy will be severe. Up to now the plant daily produced more electricity than Lithuania's entire 3.5 million-strong population could consume.
The country will now have to import energy, where it exported it before and plans for a replacement plant are a long way off. There is no mention whatsoever about a renewables programme.
I wonder who will be the winner(s) in this one? Certainly not the people of Lithuania who will now be forced to import expensive electricity while the world is in the midst of one of the most severe economic crises.