Poland and Lithuania in Brussels today adopted an agreement on the construction of the GIPL (Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania) – the first pipeline, which will connect the two countries, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to the European Commission.
“The first gas interconnector between Poland and Lithuania will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region,”- said the statement.
Signing the agreement will make it possible to start construction of the pipeline to complete by December 2019. The Baltic countries and Poland will mandate their Ministers in charge of Energy Policy to monitor implementation of the project and ensure its construction in accordance with the agreed deadlines.
A central element of the EU’s Energy Union strategy is bridging missing links in the energy infrastructure.
“The Commission has committed itself to creating links that allow energy to flow where it is most needed and to ensure that every member state has access to at least three sources for energy. Building missing cross-border links between the Baltic Sea region and the rest of the EU energy market is a priority for the Commission.”, – said the statement.
At the signing of the document were presented President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, together with the Prime Minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaité, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas.