Commission attends Baltic Energy meeting

EU commissioners have met with ministers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to agree a desynchronisation solution from the Russian energy grid.

The meeting confirms the political will to synchronise the Baltic states’ electricity network with the European continental system.

Vice-President Responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete attended the priority meeting, which was part of the commission’s efforts to provide political support to the Baltic states’ wishes to achieve electricity independence in terms of supply security and operation.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Achieving the electricity synchronisation of the Baltics will be a symbol of true European solidarity. My Commission supports this process and is ready to facilitate discussions between all member states concerned.

“I am strongly committed to the synchronisation project, which will help complete the EU-wide energy market and improve security of supply in the Baltic region.

“It is a cornerstone for the implementation of the Energy Union.”

For historical reasons, the Baltic states’ electricity grid operates in a synchronous mode with the Russian and Belarussian systems.

The synchronisation with the European grid through Poland will bring a fully functioning and connected internal energy market closer, as well as increase the EU’s energy security.

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