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The Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) has prepared the National Energy Strategy (NES) which for the first time discusses threats to the country's energy sector.

They are divided into three groups: socio-political, natural and technogenic.

Ensuring energy security is one of the key priorities of Lithuania's energy policy, according to the LEI. It is defined as the ability to supply energy to consumers under normal conditions and at reasonable prices, to resist possible technogenic, natural, economic, socio-political and geopolitical interferences.

The NES project indicates that socio-political threats are associated with decisions by countries or groups of people that directly or indirectly affect the normal functioning of the energy sector. Some of the socio-political threats mentioned in the NES are a lack of unified and consistent support system of energy sources, political instability, uncontrolled corruption, the quality of law enforcement, monopolies, the public's negative opinion towards strategic energy projects.

Natural threats include extreme natural phenomena such as winds, heavy rains, floods, drought, snow, ice and other extreme weather conditions.

Technogenic threats are related to the functioning of the energy infrastructure and management.

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