Strengthening the EU Energy Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian PM Krišjānis Kariņš signed on 20 June the political Roadmap implementing the synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity networks with the Continental European Network via Poland. The agreement was signed in the presence of European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.
“Since the beginning of our mandate, my Commission has worked to build consensus,” Juncker said. “Today’s signature is clear proof that we have achieved this: synchronisation is a project where we have decided to work together. Today we can proudly acknowledge that we have accomplished all key milestones, and we are now setting the tone of the work for the future up to the end of 2025,” he added.
Juncker said his Commission has always been committed to having full integration of the Baltic States’ grids with the rest of Europe. “We will do our utmost to facilitate decisive progress on synchronisation, and work towards implementing strategic energy infrastructure of the Baltic Sea region,” he said.
Whilst formerly an “energy island”, the Baltic States region is now connected with European partners through recently established electricity lines with Poland (LitPol Link), Sweden (NordBalt) and Finland (Estlink 1 and Estlink 2). For historical reasons, however, the Baltic States’ electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with the Russian and Belarusian systems.
Šefčovič reminded that thanks to the European Commission’s support of €323 million, the synchronisation projects are progressing on schedule, writing in a tweet: ‘The Political Roadmap on the synchronisation of the Baltics’ electricity system with continental Europe via Poland now signed! Proud of this flagship project under the Energy Union.”