December 18, 2006, 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
Lithuanian Energy Security Event Summary
To open the discussion, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Zeyno Baran will present her new White Paper entitled “Lithuanian Energy Security: Challenges and Choices.” Following this presentation, representatives of Lithuania, Poland, Finland (which currently holds the EU presidency) and Germany (which will take over from Finland in January) will comment on the report and share their views relevant to European energy security policy.
This White Paper, a collaboration of the Hudson Institute and the Lithuanian Center for Strategic Studies, outlines the energy security situation of Lithuania. Despite being a member of both the EU and NATO, Lithuania remains overwhelmingly reliant on Russia for its energy supply. Ninety percent of Lithuania’s oil, and one hundred percent of its natural gas, is imported from its large eastern neighbor. This dependence poses a serious security threat not only to Lithuania, but also to the EU as a whole.
European Union policymakers have also come to realize the political and economic danger of over-reliance on a single supplier. Typically, member states have exclusively pursued their own interests, hampering efforts at European-level coordination. Accordingly, many EU member states—notably Lithuania—are dangerously vulnerable to political manipulation of the energy supply. As such, establishing a coherent external energy strategy has been a frequently-stated goal of the EU. This January, the European Commission will unveil its recommendations for a Common European Energy Policy.
This on-the-record meeting will take place at Hudson Institute, which is located at 1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC. For more information and RSVPs, please email Onur Sazak at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 974-6445. Please note that those who do not RSVP will not be admitted.
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