President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania – EU’s energy security leader

2015-12-18

Friday, December 18, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a working visit to Brussels, together with the leaders of other EU countries discussed the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union and further actions to strengthen the EU’s single market and energy union.

EU leaders assessed the first outcomes of the energy union and the progress achieved. Lithuania has been recognized as a European energy security leader while Lithuania’s energy projects – the Klaipėda LNG terminal and the power interconnections with Sweden and Poland built this year – as the strategic achievements of the whole EU.

“Lithuania is very successfully moving away from energy dependence, breaking the dictate of a single monopolist. The Baltic States are no longer an energy island. We have ensured secure energy supplies as well as transparent and fair competition. We are actively contributing to strengthening the energy and economic security of the whole EU,” the President said.

Dalia Grybauskaitė also stressed that any new possible energy projects with external suppliers, including the new planned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, must be consistent with the objectives of the energy union – the diversification of supplies and the Third Energy Package.

Lithuania and other six EU member states have turned to the European Commission with a request to assess whether the gas pipeline will not contravene the basic principles of the energy union. According to the President, political projects increasing the EU’s energy dependence on a single external supplier have no future in the European Union. Nord Stream 2 can have a negative impact on Ukraine’s economy, too.

Among the other issues discussed at the summit were counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization measures. EU leaders also emphasized the need to continue the reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union aimed at ensuring the financial stability and boosting the growth and competitiveness of the EU.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.01.07 10:21

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