As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The JRC and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU jointly organise today a conference focused on the role of science as a contributor to address the challenges and opportunities of energy security in the Baltic region, oriented to energy production, energy storage, energy transmission and distribution.
It also aims at providing scientific support to the implementation of strategic projects being carried out under the framework of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan, launched by the Commission in 2009.
The conference includes the participation of Mr Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of Lithuania, Mr Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Mr Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science and Mr Aleksandras Spruogis, Vice-Minister of Energy, the JRC Director-General, Dominique Ristori, as well as other distinguished speakers from the EU and the Baltic region. It brings together stakeholders from government, science and industry, in an important step towards better cooperation in this area.
Energy security is a pressing issue in the Baltic region and is one of the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2013. It is also an EU-wide challenge, as Europe is highly dependent on energy imports: more than 50% of its energy consumption currently comes from external sources.
The JRC work in this domain to aid and inform the strategic decisions of Member States and European Institutions. It assesses how different policy options help shape an energy system resilient to shocks and adverse trends whilst satisfying society’s energy needs.
This analysis encompasses the evaluation of the sources of energy (especially oil and gas), the energy infrastructures (with focus on gas and electricity), the technological, environmental and economic aspects affecting and resulting from their processing and transport, and their interactions and interdependencies (most prominently between the gas and power sectors).