President of the Republic of Lithuania

EU political support for Lithuania’s energy security

2011-12-09

Friday, December 9, Brussels - The heads of state or government of EU Member States in the capital of Belgium approved Lithuania's proposal to include in the European Council statement the provision that energy isolation of the EU regions should be ended by 2015.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, participating in the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday, stressed that such decision meant a strong political support by the European Union to Lithuania's aspiration for ensuring energy security.

"Power interconnections with Sweden and Poland, integration of the Baltic countries into the West European energy system have great political and economic significance to Lithuania. Upon ensuring an alternative energy supply we will reduce our dependence on a single gas supplier and prevent using energy as a tool of political influence," the President said.

According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, after attaining political support from the European Union we will seek financial assistance under the EU financial framework for the projects that are important for Lithuania's energy security.

In the European Council statement account was also taken of Lithuania's another proposal - to include the EU's neighboring countries in the nuclear safety ensuring process. The European Union will seek to assess how the nuclear power plants in its neighborhood, including the new NPP projects in Astravets and Kaliningrad, comply with stringent international safety requirements for technologies, personnel, construction and maintenance.

The leaders of 27 EU countries also signed Croatia's Accession Treaty. According to the President, Croatia will be a member of the EU as of 1 July 2013, the day when Lithuania starts its presidency of the EU.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2011.12.09 13:52

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