Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister D. Skusevičius highlights a growing international role of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
On 12-13 November, the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence took place in Vilnius. Participants of the meeting approved the activities in 2018, as well as the 2019 plans and strategic guidelines for the Center‘s activities for the 2019-2024 period.
"A growing focus of the transatlantic security community's experts on projects that are being implemented by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, as well as Poland and Ukraine's intensive accession process undoubtedly testify to the Center's added value and growing international role," said Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister Darius Skusevičius, who chaired the meeting.
Lithuania's Foreign Vice-Minister noted that the membership of Poland and Ukraine could strengthen the expertise potential of the Center, raise the level of regional energy security, and encourage other strategic partners to become more actively involved in the Center's activities.
The growing importance of energy security items on the NATO and EU agendas, the need to strengthen NATO's eastern flank, and the growing professionalism of the Center's experts are among the factors that encourage NATO member and partner countries to work in closer cooperation with this Vilnius-based international organization.
One of the most successful projects of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence is the traditional conference and industrial exhibition “Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications” (IESMA 2018), which will take place on 14-15 November at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO. The conference is organized by the Centre in cooperation with Georgia's State Military Scientific Technical Centre DELTA, and NATO's new Emerging Security Challenges Division.
The Centre was accredited in 2012. It currently operates as a widely recognized international military organization. It was established by Lithuania as a framework nation and by other sponsoring nations: Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, and Turkey. The United Kingdom joined the Centre as a sponsoring nation in 2014. Georgia joined it as a contributing partner nation in the same year. The Centre was joined by the United States and Germany in 2017, and by Finland in 2018.