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Denmark to host The Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit

On 30 August, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will host European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and government heads from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland for a high-level summit to strengthen the EU’s independence from Russian gas, improve energy security and harness the Baltic Sea’s untapped offshore energy potential.

The Baltic Sea holds a substantial, but largely untapped potential for offshore wind power. With the Baltic Sea as the frontline for European energy security, the old medieval fortress of Hammerhus on Bornholm will set the stage for the Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit to accelerate the region’s route towards a greener and more energy-secure Baltic Sea Region.

Hosted by Denmark, the Summit takes place on 30 August and brings together the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas, and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin. The objective is to position the Baltic Sea as a renewable power hub for the promotion of a secure, sustainable, and energy-resilient Europe.

The Baltic region is ten times the size of Denmark but has a significant untapped potential for sustainable energy projects. With excellent wind conditions and shallow waters, the Baltic Sea Area has an offshore wind potential reaching up to 93 GW according to a report published by the European Commission. An increase in energy production of this magnitude would lessen the reliance on Russian gas in EU countries, thus the Summit focuses on concerted initiatives to strengthen regional cooperation and accelerate the green transition.

Energy ministers, the EU’s energy commissioner, the director of the EU’s Agency for Energy Regulatory Authorities, and representatives from leading energy companies and electricity system operators in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Germany will also participate in the Summit.

In connection with the Summit, a press conference will be held in the afternoon with the heads of government and the EU Commission President at Hammershus, Bornholm.

 

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