Eastern Partnership countries to discuss renewable energy in Vilnius


2019 10 17


On 17–18 October, an Eastern Partnership meeting will be held in Vilnius to mark the progress of the Eastern Partnership countries in achieving energy goals. The event, which is being organised by the Ministry of Energy in conjunction with the European Commission, will focus on renewable energy.

During the conference, the energy policy initiatives and future plans of the European Union (EU) and the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) will be discussed. 

According to Vice Minister of Energy Rytis Kėvelaitis, developing renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency are some of the most important energy policy goals of both the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.

“It’s great that this meeting is taking place in Lithuania, which is among the leaders in the EU in terms of both the pace of its renewable energy development and its green energy ambitions for the future. By sharing best practice, we are accelerating the transition of the Eastern Partnership countries to clean, sustainable and reliable energy, while also contributing to climate change mitigation,” says Vice Minister Kėvelaitis.

The National Energy Independence Strategy calls for 30 per cent of the energy consumed in Lithuania to come from renewable sources by 2020, 45 per cent by 2030, and 80 per cent by 2050.

Event participants will also discuss energy security in the Eastern Partnership countries and the need to diversify energy sources. The forum will be attended by representatives from all of the Eastern Partnership countries, the European Commission, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia and Romania.

Lithuania, which has made substantial progress in ensuring energy security, firmly and consistently supports the ambitious EU Eastern Partnership policy and the efforts of the Eastern partners to diversify energy sources and combat climate change.