Latvian and Estonian PMs welcome GIPL agreement as guarantee of Baltic energy independence
Friday, October 16, 2015
Representatives of Poland, Lithuania and the European Commission signed a funding agreement for the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) on Thursday, securing the EU's funding for the project that will enable free gas flow between Poland and the Baltic states.
Taavi Roivas, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Jean-Claude Juncker, Laimduota Straujuma, Ewa Kopacz
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that gas pipeline with Poland will provide an opportunity for Lithuania not only to import but also to export natural gas, depending on the situation in the market.
Lithuania, Poland and the European Commission are signing a deal on Thursday over the financing of the GIPL gas pipeline between Lithuania and Poland. The interconnection is said to be an important project in furthering the EU's energy union and the Baltic aspiration towards energy independence from Russia.
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The prime ministers of the three Baltic states agreed on Friday on additional two weeks for the final agreement on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, adviser to Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met with his Latvian counterpart on the eve of Baltic prime ministers, expressing hope that the neighboring state would support the agreement on liquefied natural gas, which would pave way for applying for European Union (EU) support for gas infrastructure projects of all three states.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hopes to reach full stop in the Friday's negotiations among the Baltic prime ministers in an effort to ensure European support to the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In his words, if the discussions end in failure, Lithuania will seek to end the discussions and move on.
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Inara Murniece, in the Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala on Thursday to discuss the positions on the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus.
The Baltic Film Days will be held in Vilnius for the first time at the end of August – it is a unique event featuring Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian productions on the same week in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, the Lithuanian Film Center said.