The Minister of Economics met with the United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry


On 8 October, the Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro met with the United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in Riga.


During the meeting they discussed a broad spectrum of energy matters, including energy security and desynchronization, as well as regional gas markets and interconnection capabilities. Nemiro and Perry agreed that gas storage facility played the key role in energy security while stressing the importance of diversifying gas supply sources and routes. The regional gas market is a step in the right direction to achieve this goal. Politicians from both countries emphasised the importance of the existing cooperation and agreed to continue it successfully, including in the areas of synchronisation and desynchronization, with particular emphasis on the importance of cyber security.


The United States Secretary of Energy R.Perry also participated in the Eurogas conference in Riga on the future of the gas market in the Baltic States, as well as he also has planned a meeting with the President of Latvia Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.


As it was reported, on 6 October, the Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro already met with the United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the Lithuanian and Estonian energy ministers during his working visit to Vilnius, Lithuania, and on 7 October participated in the high-level energy forum.


On 6 October, the energy ministers of the Baltic States signed an agreement (communique) on the intention to start in the nearest time, in cooperation with the United States, a series of joint measures in the field of energy, including the diversification of gas supply sources in the Baltic States, the strengthening of cyber security and regional energy security, as well as the development of innovative low-emission technologies.


On 7 October, a High-Level Forum of the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation was held in Vilnius with participation of the United States, Central and Eastern European energy ministers. As part of the forum, energy ministers discussed extending of cooperation to diversify gas supplies, as well as developing of new technologies in the field of energy. The Forum also discussed issues relating to the synchronisation of energy supply of the Baltic States with European single energy systems.


Last update:    28-01-2020