The leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland met on March 22 with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reaffirm their strong commitment to synchronising the Baltic States’ electricity grid with the continental European System by 2025 and offering a major contribution to the unity and EU energy security.
According to the Commission, the Heads of State or Government called for utmost efforts to maintain the working schedule of the Ministers, of system operators and of experts.
They agreed to meet again in the summer and conclude a political agreement on the preferred way of synchronising the Baltic States with the continental European network.
At a meeting held in the European Commission premises, Juncker together with the Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaitė Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, and Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed the importance of the synchronisation process as a key element to physically integrate the Baltic States with the Continental European energy system.
The four stressed that the Continental European energy system is one of the most emblematic projects of the Energy Union and a concrete expression of solidarity in energy security, the Commission said, adding that they agreed that 2018 will be a decisive year and expressed their commitment to conclude by June 2018 a political agreement on the preferred way of synchronising the Baltic States with the Network.
In order to successfully realise the project the support from Connecting Europe Facility funds will be crucial.