Poland, Baltic States, EU power system deal Executive sign

Poland, the Baltic States and the EU Executive body on Thursday signed an agreement under which Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will be able to separate their electric networks from Russia, according to reports.

Baltic electricity systems will instead be hooked up to the Continental European Network (CEN) via Poland by 2025 under the agreement, which was signed by the prime ministers of Poland, Latvia and Estonia, the president of Lithuania, and the chief of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in Brussels, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was quoted as saying during the signing ceremony that Poland was helping the Baltic states break their dependence on Russia.

“We are taking a very serious step in the right direction today, one whereby Poland is boosting the energy security of the Baltic states, while at the same time showing solidarity with these countries and consistently implementing its own policy of enhancing energy security,” Morawiecki said, as quoted by IAR, before signing the agreement on the sidelines of a summit of EU leaders in the Belgian capital.

The move is designed to allow Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to reduce their dependence on Russian electricity supplies, IAR reported.

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