17.10. – “The Baltic States – An Energy Island or Energy Peninsula in the European Union?”

On October 17, Latvian Institute of International Affairs organizes a discussion: “The Baltic States – An Energy Island or Energy Peninsula in the European Union?”
Since the reestablishment of their independence, the Baltic States have been seen as an energy island in the EU. Many developments in connecting the three states to their EU neighbours have taken place. How can the current progress in connecting the energy grids assessed? Do the connections with Finland, Sweden and Poland provide the minimum necessary power amount, and what should be the further development perspectives? How could the future natural gas markets and infrastructure evolve given the already existing LNG terminal and issues with the market liberalization?
Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and together with prominent international experts organizes a public discussion that will take place on 17 October 2016 from 14:00-16:00 at the Hotel Bergs (Elizabetes 83/85, Glass Hall, 6th floor).
Speakers at the event include Andris Sprūds, Director of Latvian Institute of International Affairs; Elisabeth Bauer, Director of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Baltic/Nordic States.
Panellists: Anke Schmidt-Felzmann – researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Anna Bulakh – research fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia, Greta Monika Tučkutė – Director of the Centre for Geopolitical Studies, Lithuania and Reinis Āboltiņš – independent energy expert, Latvia. Discussion will be moderated by Andris Sprūds.
Energy dependency cannot be viewed in isolation from inter-state relations as it makes energy-dependent countries vulnerable to political pressures. Are the Baltic States still an energy island or already an energy peninsula of the EU and how vulnerable are they to Russia in this respect?
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Published 10 October 2016