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2019.07.19 17:00

Nausėda proposes special EU coordinator for Baltic energy synchronization

BNS2019.07.19 17:00

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda proposed on Friday to appoint a special EU coordinator to guide efforts to disconnect the Baltic power grids from the post-Soviet system and synchronize them with the Western European network.

Nausėda put forward the proposal during his meeting with European Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic in Vilnius on Friday, the president's office said.

"To maintain an active and effective engagement in the project, the President proposed to establish a special EU coordinator position for Baltic synchronization," the office said in a press release.

"President Gitanas Nausėda will discuss this issue with the new President of Latvia, Egils Levits, during his working visit to Riga on July 23," it added.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia expect the synchronization project to help reduce their energy dependence on Moscow.

The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control center in Moscow and the Russian electricity system.

Following lengthy internal discussions, the three Baltic nations confirmed last year their intention to synchronize their grids with the Continental European system via Poland.

Plans call for building a new submarine cable between Lithuania and Poland to add capacity to the existing LitPol Link interconnection between the two neighboring countries.