European solidarity on Energy: Synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity network with the European system will strengthen solidarity and security of supply in the region

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker together with the Heads of State or Government of the Baltic States and Poland has signed on 28th June, the Political Roadmap on the synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network.

During a special ceremony organised in Brussels, The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, the Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Latvia Māris Kučinskis and the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki together with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker reaffirmed their strong commitment to synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European System by 2025 and gave to the synchronization project a renewed impetus. The Leaders stressed that this is one of the most emblematic projects of the Energy Union and a concrete expression of solidarity in energy security.

President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted: "Since the beginning of our mandate my Commission has been committed to have full integration of the Baltic States grids with the rest of Europe. It is our duty and a question of necessity for the Baltic States and for the Union. We have worked to build consensus, and have now signed such consensus. In this Roadmap we set the target date of 2025 for the full synchronisation. When people are in sync, things work out well. Today we are witnessing a project where we decided to work together and in sync towards a common goal. With patience, hard work and a spirit of compromise we managed to find European solutions that are built on solidarity and strengthen our Union."

The Heads of State or Government thanked all involved for the speedy progress of the preparatory work, conducted by Ministers of Energy of the respective countries in cooperation with Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. Leaders also underlined that the support from Connecting Europe Facility funds is crucial for the success of the project.