US DoE Secretary Rick Perry joined 23 European counterparts in Europe’s Baltic and eastern-block for the second meeting of the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC).
Last year, the DoE started the P-TEC initiative as a forum to elevate engagement with allies in the Baltic region on energy security issues. He is excited about the progress made to date in critical energy infrastructure projects ranging from LNG market development to the construction of gas interconnections.
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The secretary also convened the inaugural meeting of the US-Baltic High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Energy, which included Minister Zygimantas Vaičiūnas of Lithuania, Minister Taavi Aas of Estonia, and Minister Ralfs Nemiro of Latvia. Perry reiterated U.S. support for the Baltic region and our priority in helping Europe minimize dependence upon a single energy supplier.
He also engaged with Ukraine's Minister of Energy, Oleksiy Orzhel and Poland's Under Secretary of State, Tomasz Dąbrowski. In the trilateral meeting, reaffirming the US’ commitment to the recently signed US-Poland-Ukraine Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed on August 31, which focusses on regional energy security through the interconnection between Poland and Ukraine. This is envisioned to create an energy hub between the two countries diversifying resources throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
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He concluded his visit with a multilateral meeting with Romania's Special Envoy for Energy Security, Cristian Bădescu, Moldova's State Secretary, Alexandru Sonic, and Ukraine's Minister of Energy Oleksiy Orzhel.
The Secretary encouraged continued cooperation among regional states and affirmed the US' commitment for expanded engagement between Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of their natural gas supply options, particularly in advance of the winter heating season.