President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Energy security – underlying goal for Lithuania and Latvia

2012-03-22

Thursday, March 22 d. (Panevėžys district) - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with President Andris Bērziņš of Latvia in Bistrampolis Manor. During a working meeting, the Presidents discussed the implementation of strategic energy projects that are obligatory for ending the Baltic States' energy isolation, and the preparation for the NATO Summit scheduled to take place in Chicago in May.

"Lithuania and Latvia have always stood together. Today, energy security is an underlying goal for our countries. The initial important steps have already been made towards ending the energy isolation of the three Baltic countries, however it is necessary to pool efforts and continue with implementation of the projects of Visaginas nuclear power plant, liquefied gas terminals and power interconnections," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

According to the President, all Baltic States, including Latvia, have declared their strong political will to participate in Visaginas nuclear power plant project.

"Visaginas nuclear power plant is a highly important regional project which will give a strong impetus to the economic development of the Baltic countries for more than 60 years ahead and will ensure security of our people in the future," she said.

The President underlined that the diminishing of dependence on a single gas supplier, ensuring an alternative supply, and the creation of the regional gas market was a vital for the region political and economic need.

According to the President, it is necessary to use the opportunities offered by the liquefied gas repository in Incukalns (Latvia). Our country is already using this repository and expects to expand usage after construction of Klaipėda terminal. The President will visit the Incukalns gas repository during her state visit to Latvia in June.

Dalia Grybauskaitė stressed that Lithuania would also support the regional liquefied gas terminal project in Latvia if the European Commission gives recommendations that such terminal is economically viable for the Baltic countries.

Discussing the military security issues and cooperation within NATO, the Lithuanian leader underscored the significance of securing a long-term air policing mission in the Baltics. After the North Atlantic Council' decision to extend the mission beyond 2014, the Baltic Presidents will aspire that such decision gets final endorsement at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

President Andris Bērziņš has also voiced his support for Lithuania's aspiration to become the NATO's accredited centre of excellence. Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized that Lithuania would welcome the Latvian experts in the activities of this centre.

The Presidents of Lithuania and Latvia agreed to hold their working meetings on regular basis. In the near future, they will meet at the NATO Summit in Chicago and, in summer, at the opening of the Olympic Games in London.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.03.22 15:27

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