15:38 Apr. 21, 2016
Discussion on expansion of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, based in Vilnius, was held in France
Germany has plans to join the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (ENSEC COE), based in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Andrius Krivas chaired a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Vilnius-based NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) on 19-20 April in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. This was already the seventh meeting of the NATO ENSEC COE's Steering Committee.
A lot of attention was dedicated to the protection of critical energy infrastructure, especially in ensuring receiving countries' effective support in countries where NATO troops are deployed. NATO has assessed that the protection of critical energy infrastructure is one of the key elements for strengthening the Alliance's resilience to hybrid threats.
The meeting of the Steering Committee has brought together the centre's establishing nations, and the countries that have joined or are planning to join the ENSEC COE.
Germany, which participated in the meeting as an observer, announced its intention to join the ENSEC COE and delegate two representatives. The members of the Steering Committee welcomed Germany's decision and committed Lithuania, as the host country, and other countries that had joined the ENSEC COE to submit proposals on the legal and structural arrangements for Germany's joining the ENSEC COE.
The national Energy Security Center was established in July 2011 at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania. The NATO ENSEC COE was accredited in 2012. Its establishing nations are Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, France, Italy, and Turkey. The United Kingdom and Georgia joined the centre in 2014. Representatives of the Czech Republic and Canada also participate in the center's activities.
Reporting by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania