Energy security challenges discussed in Vilnius
On 7 October, the second ministerial meeting of the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC) is taking place in Vilnius. Its goal was to bring together policy makers, civil-society stakeholders and business leaders of the transatlantic community, and to tackle the most pressing energy security challenges of the day.
“Those who are committed to promoting open and secure energy markets, diversifying energy resources, suppliers and routes, and support the idea of energy independence will find a strong and steady partner in Lithuania,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius said in his opening statement.
The high-level ministerial was attended by representatives from Central and Eastern European countries, the United States and the European Commission. The President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, also participated in the event and greeted its participants.
On the eve of the 2nd P-TEC ministerial, Energy Ministers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the U.S. also held the inaugural U.S. – Baltic High-Level Ministerial meeting and marked the establishment of the 3+1 Energy Dialogue.
The 3+1 Energy Dialogue will create a collaborative framework for the discussion of energy projects currently under implementation in the Baltic States, will facilitate contacts between businesses and policy makers from the Baltics and the U.S., and examine regional energy security challenges. This framework will also reinforce Lithuania’s existing energy diplomacy policies, enhance regional and transatlantic relations, and will contribute to the strengthening of the country’s energy security.
The event was co-organized by Lithuania’s Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the US Department of Energy.