President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President’s visit to Norway: focus on energy security

Friday, April 5, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is going for a working visit to Norway next week, will hold a bilateral meeting with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to discuss cooperation in energy sphere and the possibilities to import Norwegian gas.

According to the President, both Europe and Lithuania must look for alternatives to expensive Russian gas. The President noted that only by ensuring alternative gas supplies from several sources we will reduce our dependence on the Russian Gazprom, which is dictating monopolistic prices, and will pay competitive prices for gas. Norwegian gas can also become an alternative to expensive gas from Russia. Lithuania today is paying for gas the price which is dictated by the monopolist as it has no other sources of gas supply.

Diversified gas supply and the country's energy independence will be ensured by the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal which is being constructed in Klaipėda, the President said. A special ship for the Klaipėda terminal will be built by the Norwegian Company Höegh LNG. Klaipėdos nafta has already issued official tender for gas import to the LNG terminal.

In Oslo, the President will also meet with King Harald V of Norway to discuss the Nordic-Baltic cooperation in addressing the issues of importance to the entire region, the topical themes of the NATO agenda, and Lithuania's preparations for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The President together with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will attend the meeting organized by the International Labour Organization which includes discussion how to combat unemployment, boost economic growth and reduce social exclusion. The Lithuanian President and the Prime Minister of Norway will be the main speakers in the discussion "How to tackle the consequences of the financial crisis".

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.04.05 12:35