The deal was signed by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, the Latvian, Estonian and Polish prime ministers and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The EC president said that since the beginning of its term, the Commission has been committed to have full integration of the Baltic states’ grids with the rest of Europe.
“It is our duty and a question of necessity for the Baltic States and for the Union. We have worked to build consensus, and have now signed such consensus. In this Roadmap we set the target date of 2025 for the full synchronization,” Juncker was quoted in a statement issued by the European Commission.
The Political Roadmap sets the scene for the practical implementation by presenting a clear timetable of actions. The first of such action is the launch, this September, of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) procedure as a first technical step for extending the Continental European Network to the Baltic States.
The Baltic states’ power grids are still synchronized with the post-Soviet power system, the so-called BRELL ring, and depend on the control room in Moscow and Russia’s power system. The Baltic countries want to reduce that dependence.