Political Roadmap Securing Implementation of the Synchronisation Project Signed in Brussels

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2019 06 25

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Photo: Robertas Dačkus, Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

On 20th of June, the political Roadmap implementing the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the Continental European Network was signed. The specific action plan and necessary main projects up to 2025, when the Baltic States will join the safe and reliable energy system of Europe, were established.

At the European Council, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker signed the political Roadmap together with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia, and Mateuszas Morawieckis, Prime Minister of Poland.

'First, this testifies a strong continued political commitment of all sides to the strategic energy safety project of the Baltic States. Second, it means that the project implementation will be supervised and coordinated at the top political and technical level, to ensure targeted and timely completion of all works needed for reliable synchronous operation of the Baltic and European electricity networks with continental Europe by 2025', said Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

The BEMIP high level group headed by the European Commission was delegated at the political Roadmap with the task to supervise practical implementation of the project and to ensure that the agreed timetable of works will be met when implementing the key projects of the agreement on interconnection of continental European energy networks.

All sides agreed on the final date for implementation of the key infrastructural projects by the Baltic and Polish transmission system operators working in close cooperation with the European network of transmission system operators for electricity (ENTSO-E).

The political roadmap stipulates further actions to be carried out with Russia and Belarus at the technical level aimed at disconnection (desynchronisation) of the Baltic States from the IPS/UPS system, without causing any additional risks to the safe operation of the electricity systems. It was established also in the first political Roadmap signed last year.

A year ago, on 28 June 2018, for the first time, the EC, Baltic and Polish leaders signed the political roadmap on final approval of the synchronisation scenario – Baltic States' synchronisation with the continental European network via Poland. The Roadmap stipulated the plan of specific actions for one year, which successfully led to the commencement of the practical implementation of the synchronisation project.