Re-energizing the Baltic
“The official opening in July 2012 of NATO’s Energy Security Centre of Excellence in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius marks an important milestone for the North Atlantic community and the Baltic countries in particular. The Baltic countries’ high dependence on imported energy has long made them vulnerable to supply disruption and price volatility. The NATO Summit in Riga in 2006 recognized the growing importance of energy security, advancing energy issues to a high priority in the NATO agenda.
The Lithuanian government in 2010 established the Lithuanian Energy Security Center as an aspect of the country’s National Energy Strategy. The transformation of the Lithuanian energy center to a NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, as Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė explained at the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012, “is a practical contribution to NATO’s efforts in the field of energy security and smart defense.”1 As a NATO Centre of Excellence, it is designed to provide analysis, assessments, recommendations and proposals for efficient energy solutions designed to support military, scientific, technical and academic analysis...”
Excerpt from Gregory Gleason, “Re-energizing the Baltic,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 4, 2012: 26-29.
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