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Prime Minister: we are moving closer to a common agreement not to buy electricity from Astravyets NPP

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2020 02 07

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis took part in a meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Baltic Council of Ministers in Tallinn.

The meeting started by the discussion on the developments in the single Baltic energy market. The Baltic Prime Ministers agreed to task their energy ministers to sign a declaration of intent on practical measures to ensure that no electricity from unsafe Astravyets NPP be bought from the moment the NPP is launched into operation.        

‘We are pleased to be moving closer to the common position of the Baltic States not to buy electricity from the unsafe Astravyets NPP. Russian electricity imports must not become an option for imports of dirty electricity from the Astravyets NPP. I have no doubts whatsoever that we, together with Latvia and Estonia and the European Commission, will eventually find solutions as to an appropriate mechanism controlling the origin of electricity entering our networks from third countries’, said the Head of Government.

According to Saulius Skvernelis, the Baltic States are committed to continue developing the single natural gas market in the region with consideration to the strategic importance to the states and to consumers of the LNG terminal, which had been operating successfully in Klaipėda for five years. He briefed the Latvian and Estonian Prime Ministers on progress in the GIPL pipeline with Poland.

The Prime Minister noted that the Rail Baltica project was moving fast in cooperation with the European Commission and Poland. The completion of the Rail Baltica section to Kaunas Intermodal Terminal will enable a smooth flow of military shipment for Baltic military drills.

During the meeting with the European Commissioner for Budget, Johannes Hahn, the Prime Ministers noted the like-mindedness of the three Baltic States on the multi-annual budget. The need for fair decisions regarding the Baltic States were discussed with Commissioner Hahn.