Lithuania to host a major energy conference in autumn

August 6, 2007 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

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The BNS informs tha theleaders of many countries, Russia included, have been invited to attend the summit on energy issues to take place in Vilnius in October.
According to the agency the meeting is expected to approximate the positions of energy resource supplier countries, consumers and transit countries and to contribute to the formation of the European Union’s common energy strategy.

The organisers informed tha the forum titled The EU’s External Energy Policy in the Global Context of Energy — Challenges and Opportunities that is scheduled to take place in Vilnius on Oct. 10-11 is a follow-up to the meeting of the presidents of Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan that took place in Cracow in May and adopted a common declaration on energy matters, however the number of participating countries will probably grow by far.The Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador for Special Assignments Darius Degutis has said to BNS tha “Lithuania seeks that the meeting in Vilnius should contribute to one of the key goals of the EU — developing a common energy policy. So far, opposite to say agricultural or security policy, the EU has no separate common policy on energy. And we and other countries feel the need for one.”

In his words, Lithuania does not want this to be an event that is held behind closed doors or discriminates certain countries, and therefore both Russia and the leaders of Ukraine, Moldova, Caucasus and Middle East countries are invited.“Our goal is to have an open discussion that we hope will serve to define the guidelines of the EU energy policy,” Degutis said.

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