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King Albert II of Belgium offers technological assistance to Lithuania

Thursday, October 29, Brussels - On the first day of her two-day working visit to Belgium, President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, and with Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy for a working conversation.

Following the meeting with King Albert II, President Grybauskaitė said that His Majesty was fully informed about the situation in Lithuania and its most urgent issues. Being well aware of the importance of energy independence for Lithuania, King Albert II suggested that high profile Belgian energy specialists could provide assistance and training to Lithuanian experts. According to President Grybauskaitė, Belgian nuclear energy, waste incineration and liquefied natural gas technologies would be very useful to Lithuania.

Later on, during her meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman Van Rompuy, President Grybauskaitė extended an invitation for participation in open energy tenders to be held in Lithuania. The President said that Belgian LNG technologies could effectively secure alternative gas supplies.

"The transportation of liquefied gas by sea is many times less expensive than the construction of an underground LGN terminal. These are among the most innovative technologies offering extensive alternatives in the event of disrupted supply from Russia. They would allow us to bring in natural gas from other regions. It would be a low investment offshore or onshore project," the President said after her meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium.

Today evening, Dalia Grybauskaitė will participate in the working session of the European Council meeting scheduled to approve the Baltic Sea Region Strategy and to discuss climate change and EU institutional reforms.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė will return to Vilnius Friday evening.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.10.29 15:53